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.