Advisory Council

The NTSC Advisory Council serves as a forum for technology executives and vendor companies to discuss policy issues that impact their ability to conduct business and help guide board involvement with advocacy initiatives.

NTSC Advisory Council Members

Marci McCarthy, CEO and President, T.E.N.

Steve Pugh, CISO, Ionic Security

Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin, President, McLaughlin Global Associates

Major General Patricia Frost, Director of Cyber, Partners in Performance America

Geoff Hancock, Principal and CISO, Advanced Cybersecurity Group

James Azar, Co-Founder and CMO, CyberHub USA

Tom Stockmeyer, Senior Director, Unbound Technologies

Sean Martin, Editor-in-Chief, ITSPmagazine

Justin Daniels, General Counsel, Baker Donelson

Aric Perminter, Founder and Board Chair, Lynx Technology Partners

Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks

Ben Hendrick, Global Chief Architect, Microsoft

Tina Posey, Program Manager, Cybersecurity, Conde Nast-Optiv


The NTSC Advisory Council plays a key role in our organization's quest to drive the national dialogue in respect to promoting the development of technology security solutions and policies. The Advisory Council will be the ombudsman, helping to connect the NTSC Board of Directors to relevant service providers, sponsors, policy experts, educators, practitioners, security authorities, and other stakeholders. Through their expertise and guidance, this body will support the advancement of the NTSC and assure that our organization is moving toward the achievement of its mission.

Council Composition

The NTSC Advisory Council will consist of security industry leaders and experts who collectively support our organization's attainment of its strategic objectives. Collectively, the NTSC Advisory Council will embody a cross section of C-level service providers, policy experts, educators, practitioners, sponsors, security experts, and other stakeholders. When fully operational, the makeup of this body will be diverse in respect to geography, industry, human capital, and expertise.

Advisory Council Functionality

Terms of service will be up to three years and can be renewable based on each member's contribution and mutual agreement. The Advisory Council will meet quarterly and include at least one in-person annual meeting.

Role and Expectations of the Advisory Council

  • Advise the Board of Directors on policy matters, helping to set strategic direction
  • Attend the annual policy conference
  • Attend DC Fly-ins and regional events as necessary
  • Provide financial support to the NTSC
  • Be an NTSC member
  • Participate in a minimum of three Advisory Council meetings per year
  • Willingness to serve on task forces related to the attainment of organizational goals
  • Lending expertise, including but not limited to serving as a speaker, testifying before legislators, and recommending authorities / specialists to speak / testify as needed
  • Provide access to leverage social, human, financial, and political capital

For more information about serving on the Advisory Council, email