Michael currently serves as the CEO and co-founder of Ataata. Before founding Ataata, he was an early member of RedOwl, a software security company that was recently acquired by Raytheon. Michael also served on the Board of Directors of TeleCommunication Systems (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in secure and highly reliable wireless communication technology which was acquired by Comtech Telecommunications Corp. in 2016.
From September 2009 to May 2014, Michael served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Treasury Department where he developed strategies to help the department identify and mitigate cyber risks and vulnerabilities within both the department and financial sector. In recognition of his service, Michael was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal —the Intelligence Community's highest award. In addition, he received the US Department of the Treasury's Distinguished Service Award.
Michael has focused on cyber information issues in areas as diverse as attack, remediation, and preservation, as well as threats to critical infrastructure and supply chains. A recognized expert in the fields of cyber security and financial intelligence, he has testified before Congress on the global cyber threat and been profiled in an array of industry publications. He is a member of the Intelligence & National Security Alliance (INSA) and also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance.
Michael served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army and remains an active member of the Army Reserves as an Intelligence Officer currently on the faculty of the National Intelligence University. He has held leadership positions in Airborne, Mechanized and Military Intelligence Units stateside and overseas. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star.
Michael holds a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate of Graduation from the Command and General Staff College, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Cornell University.
See Michael testifying before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Financial Services) Hearing: "A Global Perspective on Cyber Threats"