[Laurel, Md.] – Phil Mellinger, Vice President of Information Security for Tower Federal Credit Union (Tower), has joined the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) Advisory Council. Established in 2015, CAMI is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides education, resources and connections to promote cybersecurity and awareness in Maryland. CAMI is Maryland’s only organization dedicated 100% to the growth of the state’s cybersecurity industry.
“CAMI is honored to have Phil Mellinger join our Advisory Council of cybersecurity thought leaders,” says Gregg Smith, CAMI Board Chairman and CEO of Attila Security in Columbia, Md. “The cybersecurity well-being of the financial industry cannot be understated. His insight on the intersection of cyber and finance will be indispensable as we continue to work toward our mission of fostering a cyber secure and cyber aware Maryland.”
CAMI seeks to connect Maryland cybersecurity companies with businesses and government entities seeking cybersecurity products and services. The association helps connect job seekers with cyber jobs in Maryland, and to resources for gaining the necessary skills, education and certifications. CAMI creates and shares resources to businesses in need of cybersecurity guidance, expertise or awareness, and provides subject matter experts through its Speakers’ Bureau for partners requiring training, panelists, conference facilitators or keynote speakers.
The CAMI Advisory Council helps keep track of the big picture of the organization, address issues of concern and develop high level strategies to address these concerns.
Mellinger brings to the Advisory Council over 40 years of information technology and cybersecurity experience. Prior to joining Tower in 2017 as Vice President of Information Security, Mellinger worked for Trusted Knight Corp., where he led development of technologies to combat malware in the financial industry. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at credit card payment processor First Data, where he was Chief Information Security Officer and led investigations into technologically-sophisticated attacks against the card payment industry.
Mellinger has also served as Chief Engineer at the General Services Administration, where he directed the design of the Federal Public Key cryptography program. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. Mellinger holds four patents, including a method for testing the security of Internet merchants, and another for detecting advanced fraud techniques. He has another 13 patents pending.