Title: Director of Cyber Security
Company: Potomac Economics
Location: Sterling, VA
Career History: Private Consultancy Firm;
Director of Cyber Security & Network Engineering, Potomac Economics (2019-Present);
Senior Information Security Engineer, OnDeck (2019);
Senior Security Architect, HMSHost (2018-2019);
Senior Security Engineer, Verizon (2017-2018);
Lead Security Engineer, TruShield Security Solutions (2016-2017);
Administrator, Network Systems and Security, Childrens Hospital Association (2014-2016);
Firewall Engineer, Aetna (2014);
Senior Network Engineer, Apogee Inc. (2013-2014);
Network Security Engineer, Zajil International Telecom (2009-2013);
Technical Support Engineer, Computer Data Networks W.L.L. (2007-2009);
Network Technician, Directorate General of Civil Aviation Kuwait (DGCA, 2005-2007)
Junaid Khan, Director of Cyber Security at Potomac Economics, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of Cyber and Information Security.
Mr. Khan decided to pursue a career in technology after seeing the success his father and uncle had working in the field. Growing up surrounded by computers and exposure to different technologies was exciting to him, and helped pique his interest in following suit. This nascent love for technology has helped him throughout his career, and in his current position as the Director of Cyber Security for Potomac Economics. He has served in this role since 2019. Prior to this, Mr. Khan worked in various information security, network systems, and engineering roles. Such as with OnDeck, HMShost, Verizon, TruShield Security Solutions, the Children’s Hospital Association, Aetna, Apogee Inc., Zajil International Telecom and Computer Data Networks W.L.L, among other companies.
One of Mr. Khan’s earliest positions was as a Network Technician for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation Kuwait, a role which he started in 2005. Since then, he has expanded his skill set and leadership capabilities and was recognized for his outstanding work with the Top 50 Information Security Award from the OnCon Icon Awards at the OnConference in 2021. Mr. Khan has always gone above and beyond in his career to help others and has received a number of certifications in order to address the wide range of needs and requests in his line of work. He is certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC) through ISACA; certified as an Information Security Manager (CISM) through ISACA; as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCPS); as a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute; and as an AWS Certified Security Specialty from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Furthermore, he holds certifications from Cylance Inc., Palo Alto Networks, AlienVault, Cisco, EC-Council, AXELOS Global Best Practice, and SolarWinds.
Mr. Khan can speak multiple languages. He is proud of his work on the SIEM Optimization Project with JP Morgan Chase and Data Center migration for the Children’s Hospital Association, but considers his most notable achievements to be his contributions within his industry to encourage and mentor young people to enter cyber security. Looking toward the future, Mr. Khan would like to grow his own private consultancy firm in the near future. Additionally, he would like to continue to mentor others and support growth within his industry.