Mark Merchant

Chief Information Security Officer, Municipality of Anchorage

Mark Merchant has been serving as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Municipality of Anchorage for almost 10 years.  He has worked for a variety of state and local government agencies directly involved in cyber security, information technology and disaster recovery for almost 30 years in Alaska.

He was recently nominated and selected to attend the FBI CISO Academy in Quantico, VA and holds multiple cyber industry related certifications.

He currently sits on the board of directors for Infragard Alaska and Cybersecure Alaska and actively participates in many community organizations that specialize in cyber security and critical infrastructure protection.

He was born in Anchorage, is a veteran and non-commissioned officer of the U.S. Army and served in the first Gulf War with the 1st Infantry Division. Some of his hobbies include public speaking on a variety of risk management topics and assists Alaskan businesses, Law firms and State agencies with digital forensics investigations.