Addressing ever-increasing cybersecurity gaps and threats, simplifying regulations, and developing best practices in Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance since 2012.
We’ve designed a system to enable our clients to become more self-sufficient in managing their security environment and created a platform to automate data collection, analysis, and streamline processes across multiple security frameworks at once.
Our diverse team handles every project with precision, care, and full awareness of the latest regulations, standards, and guidelines.
Every member of our team is dedicated to providing best-in-class customer support to enhance your experience working with us.
Meet our Leadership
President and Founder
As an Enterprise Risk Leader with over 15 years of Business and Security Technology Leadership experience, Max delivers DoD-tested security strategies and compliance that safeguard mission-critical IT operations.
Trained and excelled in The United States Air Force, he maintained and tested the InfoSec and ComSec functions of network hardware, software, and IT infrastructure for global networks — both classified and unclassified. He drove the Information Assurance (IA) programs for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
In 2012, Max founded Ignyte Assurance Platform, and seven year later it’s educational subsidiary, Ignyte Institute.
His combined Corporate and Federal experience comes from:
Chief Financial Officer
Elizabeth Na is a seasoned financial professional who uses an organized approach to build up the overall value of the business while providing tax management and audit strategies to reduce operational expenses and increase profit.
Elizabeth carries an MBA degree in Accounting and Business Management from The University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management, and possesses over 35 years of experience in Finance, Audit, and Accounting.
She joined Ignyte Assurance Platform and became a part of its Member Board of Advisors in 2018. Elizabeth acts as a strategic economic advisor and drives business decisions supporting growth and sound financial management as a part of the Ignyte leadership team.
Eric Tilds is an Enterprise Risk Leader with over 20 years of C-Suite Legal and Risk Management experience.
He’s a former COO at Entrega, a Tier-1 supplier of technology services to the automotive industry. Eric has gained nine years of experience as EVP, General Counsel, Chief Risk Officer, and Corporate Secretary for Logicalis, a global information and communications technology service provider. And prior to that, he served as VP, Legal & Administration for Netarx, LLC, overseeing all operational functions including legal, purchasing, human resources, administration, and vendor relations during a twelve-year period of explosive growth, culminating in an exit to Logicalis.
Eric joined Ignyte as General Counsel providing guidance on MSA, SOWs contract work products, advising on sub-contractor agreements, and supplier-related issues.
He is a Michigan State Bar Member and a Faculty Member at Practising Law Institute. He holds multiple degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, including an MBA and JD, Law.
Chief Operating Officer
As an accomplished leader, Aaron brings over 28 years of experience in business and risk management operations. He has extensive expertise across multiple industry sectors, including healthcare, finance, manufacturing, defense, and federal government. Aaron has guided companies in defining their organizational strategies, leading strategic initiatives, and improving overall operations and corporate risk practices.
Aaron McCray serves as a Commander in the United States Navy, with nearly 25 years of experience executing strategic initiatives, organizational management, intelligence, research, and analysis. His leadership and subject matter expertise were vital in providing direct support to US Navy technology transformation projects, integrating critical military operations, and training the next generation of Naval warfighters.
Aaron holds a master’s degree in strategic management from Oakland City University and a bachelor’s degree in operational management from Wilberforce University. In addition, Aaron holds various industry certifications in cybersecurity such as CISSP, CISA, CRISC, HCISPP.
Senior Business Manager
Susan Graf has over 10+ years of experience with client relationship building, cross-functional teams, and business analysis. Thanks to her diverse technical background, soft and hard skills, Susan plays multiple roles in the Ignyte Leadership team. She oversees client and partnership relationships, marketing activities, as well as strategic projects such as audit prep, and takes responsibility for internal and external communications and documentation.
Previously, Susan was a software Product Owner for a major Governance, Risk, and Compliance solutions provider and led Customer Relations efforts where she acquired tremendous experience and insight into the business management side of client-facing operations.
Technical Operations Manager
Josh brings over 7 years of cybersecurity and direct regulatory experience to promote a reasonable national cybersecurity standard. As an Ignyte cybersecurity associate, he is an expert in cyber technology implementation, skilled in rapid tactical response on technology-based cyber audits, oversees technical implementations involving security migrations, upgrades, and enhancements to advanced security measures.
Josh also serves as a customer security analyst regarding regulatory technology compliance focusing on applying practical technology architectures and implementation to enable risk mitigation, incident response, vendor management, and corporate security awareness.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Cincinnati, concentrating in Networking and Cybersecurity. He is certified in CMMC, FedRAMP, Security+, and Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) Training.
Senior Cybersecurity Executive
Mike Patenaude is a Senior Cybersecurity leader in the DoD community. Mike has over 25 years of DoD cybersecurity experience first as a Security Controls Assessor (SCA) for the U.S. Air Force and then as Cybersecurity Director for two major Cleared Defense Contractors (CDC). While working with the government for 18 years as a SCA, Mike provided oversight and direction across multiple programs and to hundreds of CDC’s of all sizes. Mike has assisted them in meeting previous JAFAN and DITSCAP requirements and now Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements. Once joining the CDC side as a Cybersecurity Director, Mike worked to ensure his company’s DoD programs met the highest standards of compliance with RMF requirements by both assisting them in writing documentation to meet compliance and on site work to ensure they understand how to meet their contractual requirements. Mike also manages a worldwide cybersecurity newsletter that focuses on government compliance and has an audience of over 2000 cleared cybersecurity professionals. Mike is still assisting small CDC’s in understanding and meeting their RMF requirements.
Mike has joined Ignyte to help their customers obtain RMF authorizations in the most efficient and effective manner possible using Ignyte’s Assurance Platform.
Mike has four college degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, Minot State University, George Washington University and Central Michigan University.
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