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ETEC Meeting: John McNeely, Sword & Shield Enterprise Security
October 7, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
John P. McNeely
President/CEO, Principal of Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc.
Principal & Co-Founder – Affenix, LLC
John McNeely is President and CEO of Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. – a national provider of information security solutions. Launched in 1997 with a focus on network security in the regional area, Sword & Shield has become an established company in the fast growing cybersecurity market and is called on by a global clientele from companies in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. John is responsible for the vision, strategic direction, culture, and overall business growth of the company. As a principal of Sword & Shield, John has focused the company on delivering effective solutions to secure and manage information technology systems and data for both public and private sector organizations. John has assembled an impressive team of highly skilled and certified security professionals to innovate and deliver managed security solutions, risk & compliance assessments, security testing, incident response, digital forensics, e-discovery, and enterprise security consulting.
Nationally recognized for dynamic growth, Sword & Shield was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fast growth companies for eight years in a row from 2006-2013, as well as ranking on the CRN Solution Provider 500 list every year since 2007 for being one of the largest solution providers by revenue in North America. As an industry leader, Sword & Shield has received numerous business and industry awards, including the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Small Business Excellence in 2011.
John is a native of Tennessee and places a high priority on giving back to his state and community. He is a passionate supporter of mentoring and advising the next generation of cyber security professionals through involvement with organizations such as the Career Magnet Academy, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He is also heavily involved in the entrepreneurial community both locally and nationally. As member of the global Entrepreneurs’ Organization, John has served on the local EO board for 6 years in multiple roles including President of the chapter. He serves as an advisor and mentor to young startup companies through the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) and CodeWorks Accelerator program. John is also a member of the Angel Capital Group – an organization helping to connect startup business ventures with needed capital.
John has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry and holds the CISSP industry certification. With his vast industry experience, he saw a growing need for cyber liability and data breach insurance programs designed to cover the modern risks of doing business in a digital age. In 2013, John launched an insurance agency, Affenix, LLC, to address this need of protecting data, reputations and the bottom line through cyber liability insurance.
John is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville, class of 2014, and currently serves as a member of the University of Tennessee EE/CS Industry Advisory Board. John holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga where he graduated Cum Laude and was a scholarship athlete on the cross-country and track teams.