Zach Mitcham


Zachery S. Mitcham, MSA is the Director of Security Operations at Virginia Tech, where he plays a significant role in the strategic planning and policy development for information technology security programs. Zachery has over 43 years of combined practical experience working in the field of operations and information systems security with Virginia Tech, North Carolina Central University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, State of North Carolina Education System, and the Department of Defense which included accrediting sensitive compartmentalized information facilities within the Central Region of Europe. Specifically, V Corps Headquarters. He is a 20 year veteran of the United States Army where he retired as a Major. He earned his BBA in Business Administration from Mercer University-Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics. He also earned an MSA in Administration from Central Michigan University. Zachery graduated from the United States Army School of Information Technology where he earned a diploma with a concentration in systems automation. He completed a graduate studies professional development program earning a Strategic Management Graduate Certificate at Harvard University extension school. Mr. Mitcham holds several computer security certificates from various institutions of higher education to include Stanford, Villanova, Carnegie-Mellon Universities, and the University of Central Florida. He is certified as a Chief Information Security Officer by the EC-Council and a Certified Computer Security Incident Handler from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Zachery received his Information Systems Security Management credentials as an Information Systems Security Officer from the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems Accreditations Course in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He received international recognition by being selected as the EC Council’s 2018 Certified Chief Information Security Officer of the year. His other noteworthy awards include 2018 SC Awards Judge;  SC Media Reboot Leadership Awards 2017-Outstanding Educator;  2013 McAfee Digital Government Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award recipientDigital Government Award 2013; 2010 EC Council Certified CISO Honor Roll; 2009 and the 2003 McKesson Corporation VIP Award.  He serves his community by providing weekly spiritual education to the incarcerated. He credits all of his success in life to his faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

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