Speaker Profiles

Michael Echols

Michael Echols

Keynote Address

CEO, International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI); Former Director,...

Michael A. Echols is a senior cybersecurity executive and critical infrastructure protection strategist working with senior corporate leaders and government officials to make the U.S. more resilient. He is leading a revolution to stand-up and support Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO). As such, Mr. Echols leads a global effort to harmonize cyber threat information sharing. He recently launched a Credit Union ISAO, National Election System ISAO, and Maritime and Port ISAO.
Previously, Mr. Echols managed cyber threat and resiliency programs for the Department of Homeland Security. He was the appointee for the rollout of President Obama's EO 13691. Mr. Echols was instrumental in the development a national program related the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the National Cyber Incident Response Plan.
At DHS, Mr. Echols chaired activities optimizing national programs, cybersecurity strategy, interagency coordination, public safety and counterterrorism across federal agencies and the private sector. Mr. Echols' leadership has resulted in value creation and models for Government and Industry partnerships across the Communications, IT, and other critical sectors.
Prior to joining the Government as a Federal employee, Mr. Echols advised federal officials and served DHS as a consultant on matters related to outreach, threat information management, protection of national networks, national security, emergency communications, and disaster management. Mr. Echols is the former Chief of the Government-Industry Planning and Management Branch, National Communications System (NCS) from 2009 - 2013. Mr. Echols managed the stand-up of the Joint Program Office under Executive Order 13618 - supporting for national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications. He also served as the NATO CCPC representative, chaired the Telecommunications Sector Government Coordinating Council, led the Network Security Information Exchange, and managed the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).
Mr. Echols is a graduate of the NPLI – Harvard Kennedy School of Public Health and the Federal Executive Institute. He holds a MBA, a MS in Biotechnology, a Graduate Certificate in Technology Management, and a BS in Criminal Justice; all from the University of Maryland. Mr. Echols is in the University of Maryland’s Expert in Residence programs and is a STEM advocate through his Training Resilient Youth program.

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