Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John McLain joined Augusta University, Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center (aka Georgia Cyber Center) in May of 2023 as the Project 4 Lead for Georgia AIM. McLain served in the U.S. Army as a Cyber Officer, retiring with over 28 years of leadership and cybersecurity experience. He is a seasoned Chief Information Security Officer, Network Operations Chief, and Senior Manager in various military and government technology and services environments. McLain specializes in managing cybersecurity change in large organizations that are both technology and business unit oriented. He has vast practical knowledge and a proven track record in a myriad of cybersecurity compliance methodologies, including but not limited to: the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), System Security Authorization Agreement (SSAA), DoD Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP), DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), Risk Management Framework (RMF), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
As the Project Lead for Georgia AIM, McLain is responsible for providing cost-effective cybersecurity site assistance visits to underserved manufacturing businesses to better protect them from global cyber threats. He is a thought leader and consensus builder with a track record of integrating people and processes to drive and implement cohesive cybersecurity strategies for global, complex, and diverse enterprise networks.
In addition to numerous military schools and training, McLain holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lander University, a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership from the National Defense University, College of Information and Cyberspace, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate working towards his Doctor of Information Technology (concentrating in Cybersecurity) from Capella University.