Employee Spotlight: Tom Mayhew, Director of Cybersecurity Solutions at Power Ten, Inc.
Mr. Tom Mayhew leads Power Ten’s Cybersecurity Solutions Team and brings significant industry and military experience in information technology and engineering. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and has led software development and Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework initiatives supporting the Office of Naval Research and Marine Corps Systems Command.
Get to Know Tom, Quick Q&A
1. Number of years with Power Ten, Inc.
2. Why did you choose to study electrical engineering? Business Administration?
I was always good at math and enjoyed taking things apart and figuring out how they worked. Plus I heard that electrical engineering majors had the highest starting salaries of any major at my college. While I was working an internship the summer before my senior year of engineering school, I became interested in business, particularly finance, and decided to continue right into an MBA program.
3. You spent 25 years in the Navy Reserve. How did you decide to join?
I had always been interested in the military, having grown up on an Air Force base and then near a big Army post. I joined the Army after high school and got to fly helicopters as an air cavalry scout. When I got out of the Army and went to college, my interest in the military continued and when I was in the MBA program I found out about the Navy Reserve’s direct commissioned officer program for aerospace engineering duty officers. I had some great mentors help me get started, including the father of my business school roommate, who had been the vice commander at NAVAIR.
4. Did your work supporting NAVAIR entice you to work in cybersecurity after retirement?
It did to a certain extent, but it was my previous civilian experience at Accenture and Oracle that got me interested in cybersecurity. I worked for Oracle for fourteen years and helped them launch their internet and electronic commerce solutions. My last few years at Oracle, I was the company’s subject matter expert on network-centric operations for the military and intelligence markets.
5. Describe your work as part of the Power Ten Team.
I am honored to be part of Power Ten. In 2006, I was recalled to active duty and deployed to Iraq with Third Marine Aircraft Wing. I felt a very strong sense of clarity and purpose as I supported combat operations with the Marine Corps. About a year after I returned from Iraq, I left my job at Oracle and came back on active duty with Third Marine Aircraft Wing where I served on the wing staff. My first two bosses eventually retired from the Marine Corps and joined Power Ten. I had stayed in touch with them and was offered a job when I came off active duty in 2012. Since then, I have worked on a number of programs introducing new technology and combat capabilities into the fleet. The best part of being at Power Ten, to me, is working with current Marines as our customer and former Marines as my teammates.
6. What does Power Ten’s Cybersecurity Solutions Team do?
We participate in the newly-introduced Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework process for authorizing information systems to operate in the Marine Corps and Department of Defense cyber domains. Power Ten’s strength is its great pedigree of experience in Marine Corps aviation operations, training, command and control and leadership. We hope to develop a similar pedigree in the cybersecurity realm.
7. What is/has been your favorite part about being the director of the Cybersecurity Solutions Team? Program Manager?
My favorite part of everything I do at Power Ten is working with Marines. I love to mentor and teach the next generation of leaders and experts, and hopefully help them to become the best at what they do, and to be better than I was!
Thank you Mr. Mayhew for your service and excellent work with the Power Ten Team!