Mr. Cole has an extensive and diverse experience covering the past 25 years. Mr. Cole is currently the Director of Information Systems Audits for the House of Representatives Office of Inspector General. His previous position was Chief Information Officer for a major Department of Defense Agency that has responsibilities for performing facility and information system inspections of companies that obtain classified contracts. As the agencies, CIO, Mr. Cole is responsible for executive leadership, management, and oversight for all IT operations to include, multiple datacenters, systems engineering, application developments, cybersecurity, IT policy, computer security awareness program, budget development and forecasting, resource planning and execution, and the largest agency contracts. Mr. Cole is responsible for a $100 million+ annual IT budget and managed over 150 technical staff supporting over 70+ locations.
In addition to being a CIO, Mr. Cole served as a DOD Designated Approving Authority (DAA) (CISO) with responsibility for certification and accreditation of over 40,000 information systems hosted by cleared industry at over 14,000 locations under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). Mr. Cole scope of authority included C&A of systems processing classified for DOD and other Federal Agencies. Mr. Cole drafted the National IT Security policy under the NISP, standardized the IT security inspection process, and designed and deployed the current information system infrastructure and application supporting the NISP C&A program.
Mr. Cole also has over 25 years of experience as an Auditor performing, operational, performance, compliance, and IT audits at 5 major Federal Agencies Office of Inspector Generals that ranges from hands-on up to Director, IT Audits. Mr. Cole has also provided technical support to Special Agents investigating cybercrimes and testified at Congressional committee. Mr. Cole is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, specializing in IT Audit and Information Assurance senior level courses. SysAudits now performs system security assessments for special projects and select clients. Mr. Cole is also an Adjunct Professor for George Mason University.
Mr. Cole has a dual Accounting and Business undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and a Masters in Information Systems Development from George Washington University, and Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.