NetCraftsmen Adds Distinguished Architect, IT Security Expert John Cavanaugh To Its Leadership Team


COLUMBIA, MD – NetCraftsmen today announced the addition of John Cavanaugh, a distinguished network engineer with deep experience in IT security, to its team. John will lead NetCraftsmen’s Cyber Security and Cloud Practice.

“We’re delighted that John is joining our team,” said Paul H. Mauritz, CEO of NetCraftsmen. “John has many years of experience working with the CFOs, CIOs, CTOs, and CISOs of large multinational corporations. A holder of four patents, he’ll be a key asset as we continue to build our infrastructure security capabilities. Most importantly, John understands how technology powers business, and is fluent in the languages of both the C-suite and technologists.”

Mr. Cavanaugh is an expert in the architecture and design of Highly Available Secure Network Infrastructure and Data Centers. He has worked with the Education and Research communities on high performance networks, and was the principal Cisco representative on the design of the Internet2’s original Abilene Network. This work on large scale, secure infrastructure led to significant engagements with other Education organizations, many large Enterprise customers, as well as Federal Civilian, Intelligence Community, and DoD Agency projects.

He is also experienced in both the business and regulatory environments for the financial, retail, and health care industries.

Prior to joining NetCraftsmen, Mr. Cavanaugh was Executive Director and Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco. He has worked for Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, and others. He holds U.S. patents related to his work on QoS, Network Security, the evaluation of network design, and optimizing routing convergence.

“I’m excited to join a team of engineers as distinguished as those at NetCraftsmen,” Mr. Cavanaugh said. “I’ve been familiar with their work for some time and am thrilled to work with them.”

About NetCraftsmen

NetCraftsmen is a 14-year-old network engineering company whose engineers are true Master Craftsmen, world renowned for their expertise and experience. NetCraftsmen clients rest assured knowing that a team of industry leaders, visionaries, and innovators are dedicated to ensuring that their IT network is built and managed to meet and adapt to today’s enterprise demands.

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.