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


M. K. Palmore serves as the leader of the San Francisco FBI – Cyber Security Branch. His responsibilities include 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. Mr. Palmore’s leadership and investigative experiences include: Cyber Security, Crisis Management/Response,  Risk-Management Advisory and Counter-Terrorism.

Mr. Palmore entered on duty with the FBI in 1997.  His assignments, in addition to San Francisco, have included FBIHQ (Washington, D.C.), Sacramento, Los Angeles and several overseas engagements.  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.

Mr. Palmore’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.  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.

The views expressed on this site, and other social media platforms, are my own and should not be construed as policy or information dissemination associated with my employer.



Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member
  • Member
Security Advisor Alliance
  • Member
International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals
  • Member
Marines’ Memorial Association
  • Member
  • Board of Directors (Current)
FBI Agent’s Association
  • Member
  • Board of Directors (past member)
Society of Former Special Agents
  • Associate Member