About

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John Maxwell

MK Palmore is a retired FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge and current Field Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Palo Alto Networks. As a CSO for Palo Alto Networks, MK provides much needed cybersecurity thought leadership, cybersecurity evangelism and high-level client engagement and interaction. These responsibilities allow for exposure to CxOs all over the world and helps to build a superior understanding of the difficulties in managing risks in today’s digital enterprise. In addition to his operational duties, Mr. Palmore writes extensively on the subject of leadership and has been interviewed by several outlets on the subject of Information Security.

MK entered on duty with the FBI in 1997.  His assignments, in addition to San Francisco, included FBIHQ (Washington, D.C.), Sacramento, Los Angeles and several overseas engagements temporary duty assignments.  In his final assignment as an executive in the San Francisco Division of the FBI, MK served as the leader of the FBI San Francisco – Cyber Security Branch. His responsibilities included the strategic and operational management of several teams of cyber intrusion investigators, computer scientists, analysts and digital forensics personnel charged with investigations of cyber threat actors in both the criminal and national security intrusion realms. MK’s leadership and investigative experiences during his FBI career included: Cybersecurity, Crisis Management/Response,  Risk-Management Advisory and Counter-Terrorism.

MK’s certifications include the ISACA – CISM, ISC2 – CISSP and the Carnegie Mellon University CISO Certificate.  He earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and a MBA from Pepperdine University, where he intermittently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Information Systems Department.  Prior to the FBI, Mr. Palmore served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.


I have been a student of leadership for more than 30 years.  In those 30 plus years I’ve had my fair share of success, but I’ve achieved the greatest growth through failures and near misses.  I wish I could hit a home run every time, but the reality of dealing with people means you won’t always get it right.

This site is simply an examination of some of those experiences.

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