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Christopher J. Mellen


CISSP
 
Christopher J. Mellen, Director, IT Risk and Assurance Services
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IT Risk and Assurance Services
 

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Christopher Mellen is a director in the IT Risk and Assurance Services practice of the Firm's Boston, Massachusetts, office. He is a former U.S. marine and White House cyber executive with top secret security clearance, having more than 20 years of public and private sector information technology experience.

Mr. Mellen has significant experience advising organizations on the alignment of IT strategy, information security and data protection in the government, financial services, natural resources, healthcare and technology sectors.

His background includes managing service organization controls, threat intelligence, insider threat, identity access management, mainframe security administration, active directory administration, vulnerability management, system hardening, and applied cryptography. He also has experience as a computer crimes specialist at the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), providing cybersecurity training both nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining Marcum in 2017, Mr. Mellen was senior vice president of strategic security initiatives at PNC Financial Services Group, where his primary focus was revamping the banks Identity and Access Management (IAM) program. Previously, he was a director of professional services at SAIC and served in lead technology roles at Accessdata Group, Guidance Software, and DDK Technology Group.

A highlight of his career was serving as director of the Information Risk Management Directorate for the Executive Office of the President (EOP) of the United States. While at the EOP, Mr. Mellen's responsibilities included managing Cybersecurity Operations, Information Assurance, and Records Management. He also was responsible for all electronic discovery and computer forensic investigative support.

Professional & Civic Affiliations
  • International Information System Security Certification Consortium
  • ASIS International
  • American Society of Digital Forensics & eDiscovery
Articles, Seminars & Presentations
  • Keynote speaker, Techno Security, May 2016
  • Faculty director and keynote speaker, Information Security, Washington Center, March 2017
  • Why Asset Management is Critical for Information Security Programs, IATAM, May 2017
Subject Matter Expertise

Information Security and Data Protection
Computer Forensics
eDiscovery
Security and Risk Assessments
Data Security Regulations

Practice Focus

Financial Services
Insurance
Natural Resources
Government

Education

Master of Science, Computer Information Systems
Boston University

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice
Colorado Technical University

Designations and Accreditations

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

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