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Cybersecurity: American Military University Graduate Goes From Battlefield to the Boardroom

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By Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, In Homeland Security

Max Aulakh joined the military right out of high school and served time in the Middle East – completing two tours in Iraq with the United States Air Force. Aulakh states that his transition from military life to civilian life was aided by the education he received at American Military University (AMU). In his words, he went directly from “the battlefield to the boardroom.”

Today, Aulakh is the president of a successful cybersecurity company named Ignyte Assurance Platform based in Miamisburg, Ohio – a business he founded in 2012.

According to the company’s website, Ignyte Assurance Platform was created because “a majority of organizations today are behind in the way they protect themselves from cyber attacks.” Aulakh’s ultimate goal is to help bring the innovated cybersecurity elements he used during his military tenure into the commercial world.

Aulakh earned a B.S. in Information Systems Security from AMU in 2009.

“I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur but I didn’t know when and how I would get there … I’ve been so successful at what I do, and I gained that knowledge through AMU.”

Max Aulakh Mafazo
AMU graduate Max Aulakh

Ignyte Assurance Platform earned the “Emerging Business of the Year” award from the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) in 2014. That same year, the company was selected as one of the most innovative cybersecurity companies in the world by Dell’s Founder 50 Club.

“Integrity is the fundamental foundational piece that is part of who I am,” states Aulakh. “AMU prepares the student for tomorrow … If you want to get an education that is cutting edge, aligned with practical knowledge that is being applied today, that’s where you need to go.”

Aulakh is dedicated to making the world a safer place. He proved that on the battlefield and now he’s proving it in the private sector.

 

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