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Interview with Mark Lynd

by | Apr 27, 2020 | Interviews,

Mark Lynd

Mark Lynd

Head of Digital Business at Netsync

Key Topics:Cybersecurity, Data Center, AI, IoT
Location:Dallas, Texas

Mark Lynd (CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP) is Top ranked global thought leader, author, speaker and practitioner for, AI, Data Center, IoT, IIoT and Cybersecurity. He has been an accomplished enterprise CIO, CTO, CISO and Board Member for several large organizations. Mark has performed speaking and thought leadership engagements for Oracle, Intel, IBM, BDO, Cisco, Cohesity and others. He was named an Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of Year – Southwest Region" Finalist and presented the Doak Walker Award on ESPN’s CFB Awards Show to a national television audience. He served honorably in the US Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion & 82d Airborne.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

I had my first experience with technology with serving in special operations in the military and then afterwards received my degree in MIS from the University of Tulsa, then went to work for Amerada Hess as a developer. Since then I have been in technology for 20+ years and served as a CIO, CTO and CISO for several global organizations, received my CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, CeH and other certifications and currently Head of Digital Business for Netsync where I spend literally every business day with both public and private sectors customers as a practitioner and executive adviser.

What topic areas are you most passionate about?

Cybersecurity, Data Center, AI, Remote Work, IoT, Business Continuity

Which influencers influence you within those key topics?

Shira Rubinoff, Jo Peterson, Bob Carver, Chuck Brooks, Carolina Rudinschi, Mirko Ross, Kevin Mitnick, Magda Chelly, Brian Krebs, Bruce Schneier, Dan Goodin, Eleanor Dallaway

Outside of key topics, who else influences you?

Jim Marous, Antonio Grasso, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, Spiros Margaris, Helene Li, Theodora Lau, Tamara McCleary, Sally Eaves and other thought leaders I know well, speak to and do events with on a regular basis.

How would you describe your offline influence?

Last year I performed 44 speaking events and did over 105+ solutions or technology consults with customers big and small in both public and private sectors. Most of these are with C-level, board, or other leadership in regards to technology needs and opportunities. I often write numerous positioning or solution papers for customers on Zero Trust, cybersecurity, data center, IoT, IIoT, AI, business continuity, remote work to assist the client in building and executing against a roadmap to reach their desired outcomes.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Speaking opportunities, video interviews, podcasts, branded videos on the subject matter, webinars, and thought leadership posts.

What’s your best source of information for getting ahead of a story?

I spend literally every business day with large and small customers in both the public and private sectors discussing cybersecurity, data center, AI, IoT, remote work, and business continuity and align them with appropriate solutions via manufacturers. These engagements with both customers and manufacturers give me incredible information regarding trends, verticals, and potential solutions that unless I was doing this daily would be nearly impossible to gather and make actionable. I supplement this with events and discussions with other thought leaders for a rounded picture of a given subject of interest.

What brands have you worked with?

Oracle, IBM, Intel, Cisco, Cohesity, Radware, Threat Metrix, Pure, Unitrends, F5, BDO, IBM Watson and others

Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience? 

  • Provide a quote for content or news article
  • Speak at or attend an event
  • Participate in online chat (e.g. Twitter chat, Crowdchat, Google Hangout)

What are your passions outside of work?

My family, community, soccer, rugby and football.

What businesses/organisations are you affiliated to?

Netsync – Head of Digital Business,  Relevant Track – Managing Partner (Speaking, Influencer Gigs, Author & Board Member)

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

Email or Mobile Call: 2142638008