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Charlotte, NC

Bringing a new cutting edge managed cyber security service to market

Joshua R. Nicholson (Founder)

Josh is a multi-faceted, strategic, and accomplished former U.S. Marine Corps, Sgt., global leader, and respected member of the international cyber security & IT communities.  He has 24 years of "hands-on keyboard" technology experience coupled with direct CXO and Board transformation enablement skills. He has strong business acumen, extensive industry relationships, expert technical skills in several domains of IT and Security, and deep experience driving Information Security outcomes. 


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Mr. Nicholson has a proven history delivering on large scale global enterprise information security projects and programs.  He has broad experience working and travelling internationally (U.K., EU, Middle East, Asia, Australia) maintaining and building strong customer relationships with key foreign executives and Chief Information Security Officers.

     His strong technology and cyber engineering skills, coupled with a smooth and confident style of explaining highly technical terms in easy-to-understand business language, is a key attribute of his leadershp style.

> Managing Director (Booz Allen Hamilton)
> Founder & Mentor (DarkStack7)
> Board Member (OnDefend)
> Board Member (NC Vets Business)

Business Travels to over 34 countries

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Developing Effective Encryption Strategies
- 2016 FS-ISAC Cyber Secvurity Conference,- 2016

Stockholm, Sweden - Customer Visit

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Dahman, Saudi Arabia - CISO Allhands training support 

Washington D.C., Washington Business Journal awards

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London, England

Cancun, Mexico

Miami, FL


London, England

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Cancun, Mexico


Orlando, FL

Singapore 20019


Blackhat ASIA
- 2019 Singapore


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Business Skils

  • Executive management of a global team of consultants and threat analyst in 6 countries 

  • Superior client presentation, mgt. & critical thinking skills specilizing in difficult client environments

  • Capital and Expense budgeting across multiple service lines coordinated with Sales & Finance 

  • Team Building and Leadership development  Comprehensive staffing models for managed services teams operating in 6 countries 24/7 

  • Business case development for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) decision-making strategic efforts 

  • CISO, CTO, C-suite & Board Level client presentation development Cyber Security Skills 


Technical Skills

  • Security Risk Assessments & Remediation 

  • Current State, Future State, and Roadmap strategic analysis and controls enhancements 

  • Cyber Threat Management consulting  Security Operations Center (SOC) operations & Incident Response (IR) services, Threat Hunting 

  • Security Tools & Solutions Engineering (SIEM) 

  • Network and system design engineering 

  • Network Security Architecture development 

  • Security Governance & Regulatory Reporting 

  • Application / Systems Security reviews 

  • Cloud Security within SaaS environments (AWS) 

  • Industry conference presentations and roundtable discussion hosting

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Founder & Chief Mentor

Vice President

Group Information Security Officer

(GISO) Consumer Lending


Cyber Security Delivery Executive

Cyber Security Consulting Manager

Financial Services Office

Senior Vice President (SVP)

Professional Services  

Senior Mgt Team

Vice President

Information Security Manager


Education & Credentials

  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

    • B.S. Computer Information Systems (2010)

    • Minor in Telecommunications

    • Alpha Sigma Lambda, Theta Chapter

  • Wharton ​School of Business - Executive Education

    • Global Strategic Leadership course​

  • College of Business Administration

    • University of New Orleans (UNO) ​

    • Two graduate level courses

    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars

  • United States Marine Corps,

  • Comm/Electronics School, 1994, (12 Months)

  • John Ehret High School


  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) 

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 

  • SANS GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) 

  • SANS GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN)  

  • SANS Cloud & Virtualization Security (SEC579) 

  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)  

  • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)

  • Secret Clearance, Interim Top Secret Affiliations 


  • Infragard, Board of Directors, New Orleans (Treasurer)

  • Louisiana State Senate, Homeland Security Committee testimony

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Well, the whole reason I do what I do everyday.  I am the proud father of 5 children and have been marrried to my wonderful wife Elizabeth for 22 years.  I am born and raised in New Orelans, LA before joining the Marine Corps at 18 and returning to start my family.  In 2012, I accepted a job with Ernst & Young (EY).  We were offered a paid reloacation to 1 of 5 cities and we picked Charlotte - so glad that we did!

Nicholson Family RV Trip


Boston, MA


Santa Barbara, CA

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My wife Elizabeth & Daughter Gianna


My Eagle Scout Julian


My son Joshua before he left for Army bootcamp


SGT. Joshua R Nicholson


Julian at ROTC Scholarship award (Type 1 Air Force)

- Junior at UNCC Charlotte majoring in Mechanical Engineering

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Jacob Nicholson is a Sophmore at UNCC


PLT. 1057 Alpha Company
Nov 10, 1993, MCRD San Diego

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