Michael I. Kaplan is a Corporate Information Security Officer, certified Mile2 cybersecurity instructor, and a passionate advocate for military veteran issues with 21 years of experience in the security industry. After serving honorably in the US Army’s 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as an expert in Soviet Military Operations and Tactics, Michael was recruited as a Trainer and Lead Investigator for an International Fugitive Task Force based in Miami, Florida, with areas of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America.
In 1994, Michael transitioned from international high-risk warrants into domestic corporate security, attended numerous formal training programs and pursued a career as an Executive Protection Specialist, operating in both corporate and high-threat environments. Throughout his experience, Michael was always (informally) designated as the “team technology geek,” a role he officially (and formally) embraced in 2011.
Michael I. Kaplan is now a Cyber Security Instructor, Information Systems Risk Manager, and Disaster Recovery Engineer. His technical areas of specialization are Cyber Security Architecture, IT Risk Assessment, and IT Program Audit / Compliance; his geographical areas of specialization are the United States, Eastern Europe, and Latin America / Caribbean. Michael also possesses a high degree of subject matter expertise regarding conformance to Cyber Security Frameworks (CSF) including HIPAA Compliance (HITECH, GAPP), NIST SP 800 Series, ISO 27000 Series, PCI-DSS, SSAE 16 (SOC1, SOC2), and FedRAMP (moderate, high).
Michael is a graduate of Armstrong State University and remains active in several military / veteran advocacy programs. The 2017 edition of his Amazon Bestseller, “The Prior-Service Entrepreneur: Veteran Entrepreneurship and Lean Business Start-Up,” is utilized in numerous civilian institutions of higher education, and he continues to be a passionate advocate for veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce, consulting part-time for those considering the pursuit of entrepreneurial small business ventures. The most recent editions of Michael's published work can be found at all major booksellers, and on the VitalSource Academic Digital Platform for use in university and college business and entrepreneurship programs.
Please feel free to review Michael’s Technical Certifications, Security Certifications, and contact him at your convenience via the phone and/or email listed in this site. Michael and his family currently live in Savannah, Georgia.