Michael is the Vice President of Information Security and Assurance Services at Garnet River LLC, and the Director of Cyber Security Programs at the School of Professional and Continuing Education at the Sage Colleges in Albany New York. As a contractor, he served as the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) of the Capital Region BOCES (Board...

Michael is the Vice President of Information Security and Assurance Services at Garnet River LLC, and the Director of Cyber Security Programs at the School of Professional and Continuing Education at the Sage Colleges in Albany New York.  As a contractor, he served as the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) of the Capital Region BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services.) 

Michael did a stint as the CISO for the New York State Office of Information Technology Services where he managed the NYS Office of Information Technology Services Enterprise Information Security Office (EISO), an organization charged with overseeing and coordinating security services provided to State agencies. These services also included; incident response, secure architecture, security operations center, policy and standards development, and cluster security services.

Previously, Michael was Chief Information Officer and Managing Director of Information Technology for Global Technology Services, a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia, providing Information Security Services to both private and federal government customers. Prior to that, Michael worked at the U.S. Federal Reserve as their Senior Information Security Architect, where he developed and published security architectures and designs, and advised Senior Federal Reserve Officers and management on security technologies and practices. In this capacity, he functioned as the advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Reserve Board on Information Security issues. In addition, he was the Vice President for Information Security for Bank of America, and served as an Information Security Consultant on the bank’s worldwide intrusion prevention system deployment.

Michael brings over 30 years of information security experience, dating back to RACF (Resource Access Control Facility) implementation on mainframe computers.  He has provided technical expertise and hands-on implementation assistance to both government and business in the areas of Identity Management, Perimeter Security, Patch Management, general security policy, and security communications.  Michael has been involved in the Open Source community since 1994 and is an advocate for Standards Based software for securing environments while controlling costs.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and holds several industry recognized certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).  He is a frequent conference speaker on Information Security policy, architecture and design; and publishes articles in both his companies newsletter, and industry trade publications.

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