Mike Younkers is the Senior Director of Systems Engineering for Cisco’s US Federal team where he leads teams of system engineers that directly support the Federal Civilian, Defense, and Intelligence verticals. This includes direct account responsibilities and integrated team responsibilities for Cisco’s core, advanced and emerging technologies. Additionally, Mike is responsible for representing US Federal customers within Cisco’s development organization for the aggregation, validation, prioritization and delivery of all US Federal unique requirements such as new features and functionality, and certifications including FedRAMP, Common Criteria, FIPS 140, USGv6 and DOD related certifications. Mike is a Cisco Federal spokesperson and maintains his official social media presence on Twitter via @MichaelYounkers.
He has over twenty-five years of Information Technology experience with seventeen years of it specialized in Systems Engineering Leadership. Prior to joining Cisco, Mike was the Vice President of Global Systems and Sales Engineering at LookingGlass Cyber Solutions. He also served with the Central Intelligence Agency as a Technical Operations Office, Network Engineer and Cooperative Education Trainee.
He’s an out-of-the-box leader whom builds communities of interest to support customer solutions that increase employee engagement and development in a transformative digital environment. Mike focuses on all parts of the business from employees to Cisco’s Partner community and enables teams to work together for the common customer goal. Through his ability to look holistically at our industry, he drives customer satisfaction and employee loyalty. Mike has a MS in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University and a BSEE Electrical Engineering and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.