Michael holds an undergraduate degree in Information Technology Service Management, two graduate degrees including an MBA and an M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance as well as nine professional certifications.
Michael is a U.S. Army veteran with over 12 years’ experience in the IT community and has a passion for architecting security programs, leading people, and developing world-class security teams. During his career, Michael partnered directly with the USDA CISO to develop one of the largest consolidations of security services in the history of the federal government. Michael also led the H&R Block Information Security team through a transformation of their GRC operations to instill quantitative cyber risk management practices. Michael currently leads the University of Kansas Health System Cybersecurity team as they protect the critical systems, data, and people that provide lifesaving patient care.
Additionally, Michael regularly donates his time and expertise to multiple schools and non-profit organizations to mature their existing information security practices while inspiring the next generation of leader and cyber professionals.