GreyCastle Security, a subsidiary of Assured Information Security (AIS), has announced that Michael Convertino, a cybersecurity expert originally from Utica, has joined its board of directors.
Convertino brings with him more than 20 years of industry experience, both in the public and private sectors, the AIS announcement said.
He joined the Air Force in the late 1990s and led numerous cybersecurity programs, eventually retiring in 2011 as the commander of the 318th Information Operations Group.
During his time in the military, Convertino was influential in protecting national security, as he commanded a team of 600 cyber telecommunications, communications, signals intelligence and information operations personnel, developing cyber capabilities for the Department of Defense, AIS added.
He also crafted the standards for the rapid sharing of electronic intelligence, immediately following the 911 attacks, according to AIS.
Later in his career, Convertino joined Microsoft as a senior director, before moving to CrowdStrike as chief information security officer (CISO). He joined Seattle, Washington-based F5 Networks in 2016, where he currently serves as the company’s CISO.
“When it comes to cybersecurity knowledge, experience and credentials, Michael is truly one of a kind and at the top,” said Dan Kalil, board chairman for GreyCastle Security and vice president of commercial operations for AIS. “We were fortunate to have worked with Michael during his time with the Air Force and are honored that he has joined our board and that we will be working together once again.”
Convertino holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degrees in management and information systems from Webster University in St. Louis. He also earned a master’s degree in international security studies from the Air Force.
AIS was founded in 2001 as a software company focused on critical Air Force and Department of Defense cyber technology requirements research. Since then, AIS has grown to become a national leader in this field, supporting customers throughout business, industry, and the federal government, according to the company’s website.