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Mike received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Idaho in 1990. Prior to graduation Mike began his professional career as an Assistant Computer Scientist at the University of Idaho, supporting the Computer Science department as it was becoming a regional pioneer in computer security and one of the first NSA Centers of Excellence in Information Assurance Education. He quickly recognized the problems and opportunities the computing industry would face in computer security. Before leaving the University of Idaho to pursue more global opportunities, Mike built the network laboratory infrastructure used for research programs and taught senior and graduate courses in computer networking and network topology.
"The security of electronic information is a major challege we all must face."
From 1993 through 2005 as Chief Scientist for a highly respected Seattle-based security consulting company, Conjungi Corporation, Mike was involved in building security awareness and improving the security posture for hundreds of companies. In that role, Mike was responsible for designing the security policy that protects companies in multiple industries, including health care, biotech, military, streaming media, power infrastructure, water infrastructure, financial institutions, e-commerce and aerospace.
Mike is currently the Chief Technical Officer for Creation Logic responsible for establishing the company's technical direction. He is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Washington and occasionally lectures on the subject of information assurance and computer security at Seattle University, University of Idaho, and several civic organizations. He is a member of the advisory board for the Information Assurance certificate program for the University of Washington, the technical advisory board for Goldfish Holdings, Inc., the Chair of University of Idaho Computer Science Advisory Board, and on the Founders Board for the Information School at the University of Washington.
"Communicating, including writing, is important in career success."
In addition to his activities helping companies implement security policies, Mike has also found time to become an author. In 1994 he collaborated with Adam Engst and Corwin Low to write The Internet Starter Kit for Windows which went on to sell more than 400,000 copies. Collaboration with Peter Gregory resulted in Blocking Spam and Spyware for Dummies which was released in 2005, followed by Biometrics for Dummies scheduled for release in mid-2008.
Along with one of his collaborators on The Internet Start Kit for Windows, Corwin Low, they were able to transfer their publishing success into the start up of Conjungi Corporation without additional funding. After the sale of Conjungi in 2005, Mike went on to participate in the start up of Creation Logic, providing infrastructure for pre-launch intellectual property which they position either for direct sale or spin off.
With significant authoring experience under his belt from books, policies, and professional papers, Mike offers these observations, "Speaking of writing, it still amazes me how each time I overcome a new writing hurdle the earlier ones seem almost trivial. In high school a five page paper was an onerous task over a semester. In college, writing five pages was simple but documentation for Senior Design [CS 481] was really challenging. Now thirty page chapters are a week's work."
"Success is built on a sound foundation of professionalism and mutual trust."
In reflection on the work he enjoys, Mike says "On a daily basis I apply knowledge and understanding of computer science concepts to gain a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities an organization faces, and then use that understanding to bridge the institutional gap between technical, management, and governance in organizations that I work with. Anything less than a deep understanding of technical, organizational or business issues would cause my work product to be dismissed by the associated group. Anything less than a deep respect for the knowledge, expertise and wisdom of everyone I work with would make my job lonely and unfulfilling. Helping companies enable their business through information security is a process which requires trust between individuals and I am honored daily by the trust which I share with so many."
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