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Leadership

Instilling a Company-wide Passion for Client Service and Technical Excellence

Founder's Passion

"When I started EDTS, it was all about delivering the highest level of technical service to our clients. With every handshake, I looked the client in the eye and gave them my word that we would fulfill every obligation we made. After 19 years, our team has grown to over 85 people, but my passion and promise lives on as 'the EDTS way.' Our team is assembled from seasoned professionals who share my passion for client service and technical excellence. In every area of the business, we have dedicated teams devoted to delivering the promise of protecting our clients’ data, ensuring their systems' uptime, and optimizing security for maximum return on investment. We believe our clients deserve that level of service."

— Charles Johnson, Founder and CEO of EDTS Cyber, LLC

Founder's Vision

Leadership Team

Charles Johnson - Chief Executive Officer

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Charles-Johnson

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Charles Johnson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of EDTS, LLC, and EDTS Cyber, LLC. Charles drives the company’s vision and exponential growth that led to being named on for eight consecutive years: 2010 - 2017.

EDTS Cyber serves clients 24x7 from its Security Operations Center (SOC) located in Augusta, GA and six additional Southeastern offices in Savannah, GA, Greenville, Charleston and Columbia, SC, and Asheville and Charlotte, NC. EDTS Cyber helps organizations protect their data, secure their systems, respond to cyber incidents, and educate their employees to act with discretion in the face of cyber threats. EDTS Cyber employees carry leading certifications and have come from across the US to be a part of our expert team.

With 85+ professionals, EDTS, LLC, serves clients across America 24x7 from seven Southeastern offices in Augusta and Savannah, GA, Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, SC, and Asheville and Charlotte, NC. One of America’s most honored Managed IT providers, EDTS keeps clients’ systems running and optimized while maximizing their technology investment and removing the everyday burden of supporting IT so they can concentrate on their business.

Charles has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry specializing in network security and disaster recovery. He has been featured in Business Solutions magazine, GSA Business, Upstate Business Journal and Augusta Chronicle as a leading network security advisor.

An entrepreneur at heart, Charles is active in the Augusta Cyberworks Project, revitalization of Sibley Mill and King Mill in downtown Augusta, and many other real estate investments in GA and SC. He enjoys moving EDTS & EDTS Cyber forward by identifying acquisition and growth opportunities.  Charles was recently named as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Education & Certifications

B.B.A., Finance | Georgia Southern University
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Certified Cyber Forensic Professional (CCFP)
Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP)
Certified HIPAA Security Professional (CHSP)
Certified PCI-DSS Security Compliance Professional (CPCIP)

Professional & Civic

Member, FBI’s InfraGard Program
Member, Information Systems Audit and Control Association
Member, Information Systems Security Association
Member, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.
Member, WatchGuard Technologies Partner Advisory Council
Member, Datto Inc. Global Advisory Board
Member, ConnectWise Advisory Council
Chairman, Augusta Metro/Columbia County Chamber Cyber and Technology Committee
Director, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce
Computer Advisory Committee, Augusta Technical College
Investor, Greenville Area Development Corporation

Personal Interests: Hunting, saltwater fishing, golf

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Delano Collins - Chief Information Officer

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Delano-Collins

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Delano Collins is the Chief Information Officer of EDTS Cyber, LLC. Under his leadership, EDTS Cyber helps clients increase productivity and reduce the cost and risk associated with cyber threats.

With a background in the banking industry, and more than 25 years of experience in technology, Delano has spent his career specializing in cyber security, compliance and network design. Since joining EDTS more than 12 years ago, he has demonstrated a passion for security, innovation, and strategic thinking that has helped EDTS Cyber rank as a top global MSSP since its inception.

His certifications include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker, EC-Council (CEH) and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner. Passionate about the need for cyber security awareness and education within the business community, Delano has published articles in CIOReview and Business Solutions Magazine.

Education & Certifications

B.S., Computer Science | Augusta University
B.A., Psychology | Augusta University
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Ethical Hacker, EC-Council (CEH)
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)
Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Professional & Civic

Member, Downtown YMCA Board of Directors
Member, Information Systems Security Association
Member, Information Systems Audit and Control Association
Member, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.
Member, Advisory Council – Greenbrier High School
Member, Computer Advisory Committee, Augusta Technical College
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer, American Heart Association

Personal Interests: Martial arts, guitar, college football, golf

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Craig Tarkenton - Chief Technology Officer

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Craig-TarkentonOriginally from Fitzgerald, Georgia, Craig Tarkenton is the Chief Technology Officer of EDTS Cyber. Craig joined the company in 2011 and currently leads the Incident Response and Remediation and Forensic teams. Assisting organizations after a security incident has been declared, Craig and his team work to stop the threat, restore normal system operations, and provide forensic investigation services to understand both the extent and root cause.

EDTS Cyber serves clients 24x7 from its Security Operations Center (SOC) located in Augusta, GA and six additional Southeastern offices in Savannah, GA, Greenville, Charleston and Columbia, SC, and Asheville and Charlotte, NC. EDTS Cyber helps organizations protect their data, secure their systems, respond to cyber incidents, and educate their employees to act with discretion in the face of cyber threats. EDTS Cyber employees carry leading certifications and have come from across the US to be a part of our expert team.

With more than 20 years of experience in systems management and security, Craig has extensive experience securing crucial information technology systems.

Education & Certifications

B.S., Education | Georgia Southern University 
M.S., IT Security | Western Governors University
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
Project Management Professional (PMP)

Professional & Civic

Member, Project Management Institute
Mentor and Instructor, Project Management Institute, Aiken-Augusta Chapter
Member, The International Information System Security Certification Consortium
Member, The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association 
Member, The Association of the United States Army

Personal Interests: Endurance sports (Running and Cycling), triathlons (Ironman finisher)

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Will McGee - Chief Strategy Officer

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Will-McGee

A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Will McGee is the Chief Strategy Officer of EDTS Cyber, LLC. Will leads the implementation of strategic initiatives, aligning the team with the proper cadence to achieve success.

EDTS Cyber serves clients 24x7 from its Security Operations Center (SOC) located in Augusta, GA and six additional Southeastern offices in Savannah, GA, Greenville, Charleston and Columbia, SC, and Asheville and Charleston, NC. EDTS Cyber helps organizations protect their data, secure their systems, respond to cyber incidents, and educate their employees to act with discretion in the face of cyber threats. EDTS Cyber employees carry leading certifications and have come from across the US to be a part of our expert team.

Will has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, focusing on IT security solutions, network design, and system implantation for an extensive variety of clients.

Education & Certifications

B.S., Finance | University of South Carolina
M.B.A., Management Information Systems | University of South Carolina
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Professional & Civic

Member, Information Systems Audit and Control Association
Member, Information Systems Security Association
Member, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Augusta Advisory Board
Member, ECPI University Advisory Board
Member, North Augusta School Improvement Council

Personal Interests: USC athletics, scouting, fishing

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Judy Chun - Chief Administrative Officer

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Judy-ChunA native of Virginia, Judy Chun is Chief Administrative Officer of EDTS Cyber. As such, Judy oversees human capital development, finance, operational alignment and process enhancement across all aspects of the organization. She is an active participant in the company’s strategic planning processes, helping to forge new working relationships and synergies, and enhancing accountability for the EDTS Cyber team.

EDTS Cyber serves clients across America 24x7 from seven Southeastern offices in Augusta and Savannah, GA, Columbia, Charleston and Greenville, SC, and Asheville and Charlotte, NC. EDTS Cyber helps organizations protect their data, secure their systems, respond to cyber incidents, and educate their employees to act with discretion in the face of cyber threats. EDTS Cyber employees carry leading certifications and have come from across the US to be a part of our expert team. 

Judy has over 30 years of executive leadership and management roles, with particularly deep experience in organizational efficiency and profitability, acquisitions and divestitures, and financial management and reporting.

Education

M.B.A. | Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii-Manoa
J.D. | William S. Richardson Law School, University of Hawaii

Professional & Civic

Member, Rotary Club of Aiken
Member, Aiken Chamber of Commerce
Past-Chair, Vistage International

Personal Interests: Equestrienne enthusiast

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Robert Smith - IT Audit Manager

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Robert_SmithA native of Augusta, Georgia, Robert Smith is an IT Audit Manager at EDTS Cyber, LLC, where he oversees cyber security framework assessments, compliance readiness audits, and remediation services.

Since joining EDTS more than 5 years ago, Robert has been dedicated to the mission of providing world-class service, helping clients reduce risk and better align with their compliance requirements.

Robert is a knowledgeable and keenly observant auditor, published in the SANS Reading Room. His paper, titled “Filling the Gaps,” outlines the importance of regular internal and external auditing. He also regularly speaks at professional and civic events.

Education & Certifications

B.S., Information Systems | Strayer University
M.S. Information Systems and Technology Management | Capella University
MBA Information Technology Management | Western Governors University
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP)
Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP)

Professional & Civic

Member, Information Systems Audit and Control Association
Member, Information Systems Security Association
Member, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.

Personal Interests: Ethical Hacking, gaming, and story writing

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Doug Rankin - Security Operations Manager

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Doug-Rankin

Doug Rankin is the Security Operations Manager of EDTS Cyber, LLC.  Using his experience in IT engineering management and analytics, Doug optimizes our security platforms and oversees our talented team of threat hunters and security analysts.

Originally from the Aiken, SC area, Doug began his career as an IMS Analyst. He was previously a systems engineer and manager of automation services prior to moving into his current role with EDTS Cyber.

Doug is fascinated by IT security and enjoys learning about cyber security best practices off the clock as well as on.

Education & Certifications

A.A.S., Network Systems Management | Aiken Technical College
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
CompTIA A+

Professional & Civic

Member, Information Systems Security Association

Personal Interests: cybersecurity, spending time with family, disc golf, and making BBQ

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Stephen Luster - Senior Technology Manager

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Stephen-Luster Originally from Michigan, Stephen is Senior Technology Manager of EDTS Cyber, LLC. Stephen joined the company in 2011 and works with the Incident Response and Remediation Team and the Forensic Team to assist clients that have experienced an adverse security incident.

EDTS Cyber serves clients 24x7 from its Security Operations Center (SOC) located in Augusta, GA and six additional Southeastern offices in Savannah, GA, Greenville, Charleston and Columbia, SC, and Asheville and Charlotte, NC. EDTS Cyber helps organizations protect their data, secure their systems, respond to cyber incidents, and educate their employees to act with discretion in the face of cyber threats. EDTS Cyber employees carry leading certifications and have come from across the US to be a part of our expert team.

Stephen has over 18 years of experience in IT service management and network administration. He has extensive knowledge of cloud technologies like (Azure, AWS, G Suite, and 365) and his experience allows our IRR team to better diagnose and remediate cloud-related breaches and data exfiltration.
 
Education & Certifications

MCSA: Windows Server 2012
MCSA: Windows Server 2008
MCITP: Server Administration
MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administration
MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support
CompTIA A+

Personal Interests: Technical research, cloud technology, gaming, and fishing

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Katie Duncan - Director of Marketing

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Kate Duncan

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Katie Duncan is Director of Marketing for EDTS Cyber, LLC, which serves clients across America 24x7 from seven Southeastern offices in Augusta and Savannah, GA, Columbia, Charleston and Greenville, SC, and Asheville and Charlotte, NC. EDTS Cyber helps organizations protect their data, secure their systems, respond to cyber incidents, and educate their employees to act with discretion in the face of cyber threats.

Katie has over 16 years of experience marketing national brands in the retail, nonprofit, and financial sectors. Katie leads our marketing team, implementing multi-channel marketing strategies in both local and national business communities.

Katie received her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Economics from Mercer University and her M.B.A from Augusta State University.

Education & Certifications

BBA, Marketing, Economics, International Business | Mercer University
MBA, Marketing | Augusta State University

Professional & Civic

Kiwanis Club of Augusta
Greenville Chamber
Asheville Chamber
Columbia Chamber
State Chamber of SC
Augusta Metro Chamber of commerce North Augusta Chamber of Commerce
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
Aiken Chamber of Commerce
Savannah Chamber of Commerce
Savannah Downtown Business Association

Past Boards & Committees

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
Turn Back the Block
Young Professionals of Augusta
Phinizy Swamp Soiree Committee
Lydia Project Committee 
Martinez Merchants Association

Personal Interests: Marathon running, kayaking, and traveling

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