Meet Mako

Lead Player Ambassador, National Cyber League

John McGill

John has 20 years of experience over a wide range of Information Technology, as a software developer, software test engineer, helpdesk supervisor, Navy information system technician, and his current role as a Cybersecurity Engineer. He has an A.S. in Information Systems Programming, a B.S. in Information Technology, and will graduate with a M.S. in Information Technology Management (Cybersecurity) in June 2020. He is a Fellow for the Cybersecurity Skills Journal at the National CyberWatch Center, a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), and an Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) chapter board member. He holds several industry certifications, including the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+). He is currently preparing to take the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification to further his goal of becoming a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

John has been involved with the NCL for five seasons, consistently ranking individually in the top 50, and leading his team to a top 10 spot. He has participated in over 20 competitions as a coach, team captain, and player. He has presented at national conferences and was the founder of the Tidewater Community College Cybersecurity Club (TC4), where he lead his team to a 4th place victory at the Virginia CyberCup competition.

John is now a Technical Mentor for two CyberPatriot teams, a Lead Player Ambassador for the NCL, and the Director of Student Chapter Development for the National Cybersecurity Student Association (NCSA). He is currently partnering with the NCL, Cyber Skyline, and the NCL Player Ambassadors to develop a workshop in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of the USA Cyber program that will debut in March 2020, sponsored by Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS), Cyber Skyline, and the NCL.

Where to find him:

Twitter: @MakoMcGill
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