CIO & Senior Vice President, ManTech
One of Mike Uster’s most notable recent achievements is delivering and implementing a complete zero trust architecture IT environment for ManTech’s internal and external customers.
“One of the key milestones in ManTech’s more than 53-year history was achieved in November 2021 when Mike and his team moved the company and more than 14,000 users into a secure zero trust environment.,” said ManTech Chairman, CEO and President Kevin M. Phillips. “Additionally, while the competition for highly skilled technical talent is fierce, Mike’s attrition rate is 8.5%, which is extraordinary.”
Uster and his team brought all IT users (over 14,000), systems (more than 500) and assets (over 18,000) into an all-encompassing zero trust architecture. This included all development enclaves, business systems, data center workloads and six cloud service providers without disrupting customers. Now, they are focusing on new, future-forward IT initiatives aimed at organizational transformation and AI capabilities.
“Launching a verifiable zero trust architecture in 2021 across ManTech’s entire IT ecosystems including data center workloads, business systems and developer cloud environments was a daunting digital platform transformation,” Uster said. “Collaboration with ManTech’s customers on our transformational strategy and lessons learned proves that a zero trust architecture transformation is wholly possible at scale.”
In 2022, Uster and his team are focused on building upon zero trust architecture success and aligning and furthering ManTech’s industry-leading capabilities. They are optimizing IT delivery to ManTech’s strategic goals and mission by focusing “fusion teams” across operation and business team members to optimize product and service delivery capabilities.
They will complete the process automation of all IT infrastructure workloads, from servers to cloud enclaves, and be able to deliver an operational development cloud or on-premise development enclave in under an hour.
“I attribute his success to being an effective and engaged leader who his highly invested in mentoring, nurturing and training his team to further their career growth,” Phillips added.