DALLAS – December 14, 2017 – LEO Cyber Security, a cyber security advisory and operations firm, today announced Mike Makowka has joined as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Mike is a seasoned cyber security practitioner bringing a wealth of real world practical experience to LEO, leading and developing cybersecurity programs for Fortune 500 companies including most recently the top Cyber Security professional (de facto CISO) at Flowserve.
Mike specializes in green field environments, post breach restructuring, and cyber security program maturation. As a CISO/Director of IT Security or as a consultant he has worked with numerous CIO’s and CISO’s to develop security programs, conduct project management for security strategies, design/implement secure IT systems, develop incident response programs, and evaluate organization’s existing enterprise security postures and overall maturity.
“Cybersecurity can no longer be ignored but the fact is most organizations (including Fortune 500 companies) are not prepared for or have the expertise to combat cyber threats. LEO provides a cost effective way for organizations to create a world class cybersecurity program leveraging the experience talent without having to hire and train the employees themselves.” said Makowka. “LEO is focusing on a market that is in need of guidance and support. Joining LEO provides me a wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful impact by helping businesses that are raising their hands.”
Under Mike’s leadership Flowserve received a 2016 CSO50 Award for Security Innovation. Mike has been recognized in Deloitte’s Federal Spotlight publication for leading the way in the development of new security programs and practices, excellent client service, and commitment to Organization’s security program’s success. Mike has a Master of Computer Science in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
To learn more about the LEO team and approach, please visit, www.leocybersecurity.com.
LEO is a cyber security concern comprised of some of the world’s most knowledgeable domain experts. Its name is a derivation of the Renaissance visionary, Leonardo da Vinci, who refused to accept the status quo. LEO provides both advisory and operational assistance to our customers. With skills encompassing more than 40 industries across business operations, LEO is poised to help clients navigate the current threat landscape and build effective and cost efficient cyber programs. For more information, visit leocybersecurity.com or follow @LEOCyberSec.