Michael@michaelikaplan.com(912) 244-0394

Non-Technical Professional Competencies

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Current Employment

Michael I. Kaplan

Savannah, GA

06/2016 – Present

Corporate Information Security Officer

I'm a Cyber Security Instructor, Information Systems Risk Manager, and Disaster Recovery Engineer. My technical areas of specialization are Cyber Security Architecture, IT Risk Assessment, and IT Program Audit / Compliance. I also possess a high degree of subject matter expertise regarding conformance to Cyber Security Frameworks (CSF) including HIPAA Compliance (HITECH, GAPP), NIST SP 800 Series, ISO 27000 Series, PCI-DSS, SSAE 16 (SOC1, SOC2), and FedRAMP (moderate, high).


Trinidad & Tobago

03/2011 – Present

Chief Information Security Officer

I serve as a Program Security Consultant for Periweb, an enterprise technology company based in Trinidad and Tobago, overseeing all aspects of cyber security detection, protection, response, and recovery.

My responsibilities include, but are not limited to: integrating administrative, technical, and physical IS controls with all contracted IT projects; establish logical and physical security monitoring capabilities for network operations and infrastructure; oversee regulatory and security policy compliance for internal and external projects; oversee ongoing logical and physical risk assessment and analysis programs, and establish effective incident response programs according to corporate policy; and, serve in an advisory capacity to Periweb business partners on cyber security issues that impact both parties in the business partnership.

Additionally, I am also responsible for a wide variety of training and development initiatives, for both internal and external stakeholders. The primary focus of this training includes holistic risk assessment and incident handling strategies, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning, and physical security strategies with special emphases on the threat of social engineering.

Relevant Previous Employment

Phase 2 Advantage

Savannah, GA

01/2006 – 06/2011

Director of Training

My responsibilities included, but were not limited to: developing proprietary training courses for a wide range of clients in both academic and corporate sectors; presenting lectures, training seminars and professional development seminars; design, publishing and fulfillment of training materials to institutions of higher education and e-learning platforms.

·    Wrote The Prior-Service Entrepreneur, an Amazon Five-Star Best Seller, that is currently used as a course textbook in more than 30 universities.
·     Taught a 5-week professional development lecture series at the University of South Carolina School of Business (Topics: To view full descriptions of the seminars offered, please visit my Training Seminars page).

Corporate Protective Services Group

Savannah, GA

1994 - 2001

Corporate Executive Protection Specialist

Areas of operation: United States, Caribbean and Latin America. Responsibilities included conducting advance site security surveys for protection details; planning event sites to include security, intelligence gathering and coordinating with local, state and federal authorities; providing secure motorcade transportation for dignitaries and staff; directing and managing investigative threat assessments; training and development of protective service agents in driving and tactical operations.

Special Projects Operations Group

Miami, FL

1987 - 1994

Federal Fugitive Task Force Agent

Responsibilities included the investigation, location, and apprehension of federally sought fugitives in the United States and Caribbean Community, performing liaison functions with all levels of law enforcement both domestically and abroad, coordination and implementation of extradition proceedings, providing seminars for law enforcement and civilian agencies, and direct operational oversight of agents in Florida and the Caribbean.

U.S. Army

Ft. Bragg, NC

1982 – 1987 

11th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Responsible for training foreign indigenous forces in U.S. policy, doctrine, tactics and strategy. This included, but was not limited to: planning and training a wide variety of operational and analytical intelligence functions; analysis of Soviet special operations forces (doctrine and strategy); designing training curricula for US personnel on the topics of Soviet language and culture; and, operational assignments as required by my command.

The training I received while serving in this capacity afforded the opportunity to write Edge of Freedom: Knife Defense Tactics for a Changing World.
·      This training manual became an Amazon “Best Seller” in 2015

Military and Federal Agency Letters of Reference Available Upon Request