I am an information security leader with over two decades of experience managing enterprise information systems and security programs, focusing on security governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) supporting U.S. national defense. I am currently a senior manager and line-of-business information security officer at Accenture’s federal practice, leading the client data protection program for the national defense portfolio. I also enjoy teaching and lecturing part-time at the collegiate level, focusing on cybersecurity strategy, leadership, and risk management.
Before joining Accenture, I was privileged to serve the nation for over two decades as a career naval officer, specializing in surface fleet command and control, computers, communications, combat systems, and intelligence (C5I) systems. My duty assignments included several warships directing enterprise information technology and defensive cyber operations, as well as staff assignments in the Pentagon, the White House, and most recently as a liaison officer to the 115th and 116th U.S. Congress. I am a dual-qualified surface and information warfare officer (IP/1820) and a prior-enlisted IT specialist (colloquially described as a “Mustang”). I retired from active duty in 2020 at the rank of lieutenant commander.
My credentials include the (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional with Management Concentration (CISSP-ISSMP), cloud security (CCSKv4), and ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Project and Delivery Management. I was the 2014 recipient of the AFCEA Meritorious Rising Star Award for Achievement in Information Technology, the first naval officer so recognized and has been decorated throughout his military career for professional achievements and meritorious service. More recently, I was the 2022 recipient of the Accenture EPIC Award, one of only six awardees across the 11,000+ person federal practice. I frequently contribute to professional journals, think tanks, and communities of practice and has written over a dozen published professional works.
I hold a Doctor of Philosophy in cyber leadership from Capitol Technology University, two master's degrees in business administration and cybersecurity policy from the University of Maryland Global Campus, and a bachelor’s degree in information technology management from Trident University.
I live in the Washington D.C. area with my wife, Rachel, 7 dogs (that's right) and 2 cats.
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