Our Team

The CYBOC team of professionals are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of your businessThe executive management team has over 80 years of combined experience in engineering strategic IT solutions for the public and private sectors. 

Phillip Brown

Managing Partner

Phillip is a Cyber Security Strategist with over 20 years of executive / project management experience in business strategy, marketing, sales, entrepreneurship and education. He is Managing Partner for CYBOC – based in Detroit, Michigan AND Managing Partner for Arete Consulting & Technology Services (ACTS) located in Chicago, Illinois. Phillip formerly served as Dean of Information Technology and Project Manager for IT and Advanced Manufacturing Training Programs for one of the largest multi-campus community colleges in the nation - serving over 70,000 constituents. 


Mr. Brown has a Master of Science in Management in Cyber Security / Project Management and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunication from Michigan State University.

Paul C. Sims

Managing Partner - Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Sims has over 25 years of experience in IT planning and administration for government, healthcare and technology companies. He is an expert in network security architecture, cyber security IT compliance and information assurance.  Paul has overseen network security policies for large-scale organizations, and managed several successful EHR implementations, cost avoidance and continuous design improvements. He led the efforts to deploy and secure servers for both the DOD and Federal Government sectors, most notably during September 11th while answering directly to the Pentagon; NASA, and the US Census Bureau.  As a skilled manager, Paul leads seamless IT implementations, ensuring that project goals and timelines are achieved on time and under budget. He holds a Master’s Degree from Virginia Union University.

Steven Ahomed

Chief Risk & Compliance Officer

Mr. Ahomed is a seasoned Cyber Security Professional and Senior Solutions Security Architecht with ten years of leadership experience in Network Security Architecture and Infrastructure; performing security Risk Assessments, Auditing, Compliance and Governance. Mr. Ahomed has provided recommendations to senior management and executed resolutions  to strengthen the security posture of public and private entities of all sizes.

His credentials include:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)# 463886
  • Certified ITIL V3 Foundations # 4349769.1014525
  • Certified IEC/ISO 27002 F Certified [Information Security Based] # 4349769.1229134
  • Certified Microsoft Windows Server Administration Fundamentals MCP 98-365 # E078-1282
  • Certified RedSeal Security Expert
  • Certified RedSeal Network Expert
  • Certified Qualys Vulnerability Management Specialist
  • Certified Skybox Technical Security Professional (STSP)
  • Certified Cloud Computing Foundation
  • Certified Integrator Secure Cloud Services

Steven has deep experience with information security control frameworks (NERC CIP v3, ISO/27002, PCI-DSS and NIST 800-53) in Fortune enterprise network environments. 


Brian Krantz

Chief Operating Officer

Brian Krantz 20 years of experience as a seasoned business professional with proven leadership abilities.  Mr. Krantz has a background in entrepreneurship, business development, technology management, business process and implementation.  He has successfully managed full program lifecycle projects for local, national and international clients. Some of his client list includes the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, General Motors, The Office of Head Start, and Zurich Financial.  Brian possesses an understanding of how to optimize technology, data and processes in order to deliver solutions that meet or exceed the requirements of business and government. He has consistently proven the ability to execute large-scale deliverables on time and within budget.


Robert Rumbaugh

Executive Director - Risk Management / IT Governance

Mr. Rumbaugh has over 30 years of experience leading and managing teams to execute projects IT Security Risk Assessments and documentation using NIST standards. He has created a methodology to perform security assessments that provides Risk Managers with the right information based on a comprehensive analysis of the security posture. Bob served as Program Manager for over one hundred fifty Risk Management Framework (RMF) Security Assessment and Authorization (A&A) task orders evaluating systems - including national critical assets - for DOC (NOAA, NWS, NESDIS, OMAO, NOS, and Census), NASA, USDA, US DOI, VA, and DOD (USAF). 

Mr. Rumbaugh's credentials include:

  • Program Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional
  • (ISC)2 Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)
  • National Security Agency (NSA) IAM and IEM Certification

Stephen Batsell, Ph.D, CISSP

Executive - Research / Innovation

Dr. Batsell has been actively involved in the field of information technology for over thirty-five years. He has been actively involved in telecommunications, networking and cyber security system design, development, and research. He has consulted in information technology architecture, design, optimization of operations, and cyber security for the Department of Energy, NASA, NOAA, NIH, USDA, and the Census Bureau. Dr. Batsell has been actively involved with cyber security assessment, certification, and penetration testing for a number of Industry and United States Government Departments and Agencies. He is the founder of the IETF working group in mobile ad-hoc networks and participated in building the first system deployed by the United States Government.


  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory point of contact and PI/PM for the joint national laboratory efforts at the DHS Control System Cyber Security Center at INL in Idaho Falls
  • Cyber Security Group Leader and Core contributor to The National Plan for Research and Development in Support of Critical Infrastructure Protection for The Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy and The Department of Homeland, Security Science and Technology Directorate.
  • Led a U.S. STRATCOM/DISA effort to develop and deploy an advanced cyber security real-time situational awareness system
  • Lead for the Metrics subgroup at the Intelligence Community Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA) Cyber Strategy and Tactics challenge workshop

Dr. George Swan, III

Chief Strategist

Dr. Swan has thirty-five years’ experience as a CEO, Chief Academic Officer, senior leader, faculty member and academic administrator in public and private colleges, community college systems and leading universities. He has proven leadership in areas that include:


  • Nine years’ experience as a Peer Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission working with substantive change, contractual review, specialized accreditation and institutional re-affirmation reviews for institutions across a 19 state region.
  • Leadership and facilitation of workforce and economic development collaboratives resulting in more than $30 million in federal grants and awards in areas related to green jobs sustainability, institutional development, trade adjustment and Veterans services, STEM and bio-medical pathways.
  • Strategic direction and guidance in talent development initiatives focused on information technology, information assurance and cybersecurity with multi-state collaboratives and in collaboration with international IT consulting enterprises.
  • 30 years’ experience working with more than 31 non-profit boards, councils and advisory groups serving across multiple-organizations as a Chief Volunteer Officer, Executive Officer, Governance and Board Development Committee Chair, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, and Cultural
  • Competence work groups, as well as, leading board formation, board development initiatives and training.

Dr. Swan has been Chair or Board Member for over 30 organizations throughout his stellar career and has collaborated with the White House Office of Science and Technology on projects including an initiative to increase cyber talent throughout the nation.

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