Michael A. Echols CISSP, MBA

CEO and Board MemberIACI

CEO Max Cybersecurity LLC


Michael A. Echols (Mike), is CEO of Max Cybersecurity LLC,and Managing Partner of Sphere Defense Systems LLC located in Washington DC. He spent 17 years in critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity leadership at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).Mike led several White House national security and stakeholder engagement risk initiatives prior to resigning from DHS September 2016.

Max Cybersecurity is focused on building a national culture of cybersecurity. The Max team performed all the quality assessment for power restoration in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Mike has also led his team in the cyber requirement’s development for the Jacksonville Transit Authority’s autonomous vehicle system. He now leads efforts for American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to develop Recommended Practices and Standards for Operational Technology. Mike’s team recently performed cyber-physical exercises for major U.S. Ports. Max Cybersecurity is also working with DHS on the implications of 5G deployment.

Today, Mike leads High-Value Assessments for U.S. Government agencies and private sector entities. In 2015, Mike was the point-person for the rollout of President Obama’s Executive Order 13691. While at DHS he Chaired supply chain interagency committees related to GPS, government contracting, cybersecurity of small businesses.

From 2009 – 2014, Mike was Chairman of the Communications Sector where he led national risk assessment efforts across wireline, wireless, cable, broadcast and satellite. Mike was also the Designated Federal Official for the President’s NSTAC – 30 CEO level members from Defense, IT and Comm Sector companies making recommendations to the President. Mike Chaired the Network Security Information Exchange consisting of cybersecurity experts from Canada, UK, Australia, Canada and the U.S. He also served as the U.S. Representative to the NATO CCPC in Brussels. Mike led classified and unclassified information sharing programs with corporate member’s revenues accounting for 10-15% of U.S. GDP.

Mikeis now an international speaker on national resilience and has authored four Forbes online articles on Smart technology. He was featured on a PBS cybersecurity special called “Roadtrip Nation.”Mike is a columnist for Homeland Security Today magazine.

Mike is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative – Harvard Kennedy School of Public Health and cohort of the Federal Executive Institute. He holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Biotechnology, a Graduate Certificate in Technology Management from University of Maryland University College.His Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justiceis from the University of Maryland. Mike was the UMUC Distinguished Alumni in 2018.Mike is on the Board of Advisors for the University of Maryland Smith School.