Mark is also military reserve officer in the Navy Reserve. He started in the security arena in 2001 when he joined the Army Reserve's Information Operations Command (ARIOC) as a CIRT Team/Pen Tester/Vulnerability Analysis team member. He later transferred to the Navy Reserve (NR); first leading the NR's west coast vulnerability assessment team and he
is currently a Lieutenant Commander and the Executive Officer of a Reserve Computer and Communications unit. He has worked on Joint Task Force missions with the National Security Agency, the Army's Regional Computer Emergency Response Team.
Mark has a master's degree in Information Assurance from Norwich University and currently holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), SANS GIAC GREM (Malware), GCIA (Intrusion Analyst)(expired), GCIH (Incident Handler), , GCFE (Forensic Examiner), GCFA (Forensic Analyst), GPPA (Perimeter Protection) and ISFCE Certified Computer Examiner (CCE). He also has a bucket load of additional certifications that he collects as a hobby including C|EH (Certified Ethical Hacker), CompTia's Sec+, Linux+, A+, Net+, CCNA and the CERT-Certified Information Assurance Practitioner (CCIAP) from Carnegie Mellon University CERT. He is planning for IACIS CFCE as his next certification goal in 2019.
On top of that, he also serves as an Asst Scoutmaster in his sons' local Boy Scout troop.