Return of Talented Industry Leader Strengthens MorganFranklin’s Cybersecurity Practice to Continue Helping Clients Navigate Increasing Utilities, Industrial and Critical Infrastructure Threats

Washington, D.C. January 23, 2024 – MorganFranklin Consulting, a leading finance, technology, and cybersecurity advisory and management firm that specializes in solving complex transformational challenges for its clients, today announced the return of cybersecurity expert Michael Welch as the Managing Director and Sector Lead for Utilities, Industrial and Critical Infrastructure within the cybersecurity practice.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael back to the MorganFranklin team and harness his expertise to help provide our clients with premier cybersecurity services,” said Keith Hollender, a partner in MorganFranklin’s cybersecurity practice. “Michael’s deep technical expertise, security leadership and ability to cultivate strong, trusting relationships are key to creating successful programs for our clients.”

Michael brings over two decades of experience in risk management, compliance, and critical infrastructure security. In his previous capacity as MorganFranklin Cybersecurity’s Managing Director, Strategy and Risk Lead, he played a pivotal role in the team’s early growth, contributing to the practice’s launch and serving as a leader for more than three years.

“I’m excited to be back at MorganFranklin to provide clients with key industry insight, knowledge and focus that strengthens their cybersecurity postures,” said Michael Welch. “The utilities, industrial and critical infrastructure sectors are facing increasing threats from around the globe. My goal is to grow MorganFranklin’s cybersecurity practice into a premier service provider for the sector and to help our clients navigate these unique and emerging security challenges throughout 2024 and beyond.”

Previously, Michael served as global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for OSI Group, a privately owned food processing holding company that services some of the world’s best-known brands throughout 17 countries. In addition, he has worked with Burns & McDonnell, Duke Energy Corp. and Florida Power & Light among other companies. He is an accomplished CISO, senior manager and security consultant, leading teams of InfoSec engineers, architects and analysts to deliver complex cybersecurity transformations.

Michael received a Master of Business Administration specializing in project management and information security from the Keller School of Business. Michael also received the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from George Washington University. His certifications include CISSP, CISM, CISA, GICSP, CDPSE, and CMMC-RPA.

MorganFranklin’s cybersecurity practice provides end-to-end client services that include program strategy governance, risk and compliance; identity and access management; cybersecurity operations; incident response; business and technology resilience; risk intelligence; and a complete portfolio of managed security services.

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