Mike Younkers is the Chief Technical Officer 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 the Cisco Federal spokesperson and 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.