Mark is a Partner in Fortium Partners’ Midwest Region, where he serves financial services, insurance, and asset management organizations. His passion for cybersecurity helps organizations and individuals protect themselves from known and unknown threats. An accomplished CIO, CISO, and President of a technology services firm, Mark has guided complex organizations through strategic and tactical plans to strengthen their technology platform. He provides expert advice on how to assess risk, implement security controls, improve processes, and design systems to protect critical assets and defend against cybersecurity threats.
A savvy leader, Mark has extensive experience building and coaching global technology teams, implementing SaaS solutions, and scoping multi-faceted projects. He engages with key partners across the IT ecosystem as he advances new technologies that fortify systems, reduce costs, and manage business risks. His leadership style is marked by strength, conviction, compassion, and empathy.
With a unique ability to communicate across business units and technology domains, Mark crafts fit-to-purpose solutions that accelerate business growth. His sharp focus on operational stability is matched by his financial acumen and an entrepreneurial mindset. He works with clients to make an organizational commitment and action orientation on cybersecurity matters. Mark truly enjoys helping executives recognize risk and then design systems and processes that better protect the company online while improving technology availability and resiliency. His consulting experience includes the delivery of cybersecurity assessments, governance models, and policy. He regularly addresses IT groups on the cybersecurity risks of social engineering, cyber-extortion, and privacy breaches.
When advising clients on cybersecurity, Mark points to three actions each organization should take: i) Moving cyber discussions from the backroom to the boardroom ii) Shift the security point of view from technical to strategic and iii) incorporate security and privacy awareness into the culture at work and home. His typical engagements include completion of a maturity assessment, development of a cybersecurity strategy, formalization of the IT governance, risk and compliance framework, and identification of critical risk and remediation areas.
Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from York University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and he achieved Fellow, Life Management Institute by demonstrating advanced professional expertise in the operations, products, and management of life and health insurance companies.