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Mark Burnette, CPA, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, ITIL, QSA, Shareholder, Practice Leader of Risk Services

Mark Burnette, CPA, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, ITIL, QSA Shareholder, Practice Leader of Risk Services

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Mark Burnette is a Shareholder with LBMC Information Security, LLC.

He directs the firm’s resources to craft security solutions that mitigate those risks in a way that is relevant, practical and actionable in the organization’s environment.

Mark believes security must begin with a holistic assessment of risk. Because of his seventeen plus years of experience leading and transforming information security functions, Mark understands at a deep level the full range of business, operational, and technology risks that organizations face- and he excels at articulating them in a manner that resonates with business leaders.

For example, he:

  • Enables businesses to focus their resources on mission-critical activities by managing the scope of compliance with PCI and other security frameworks, as well as assessing and eliminating gaps in compliance
  • Evaluates security implications of new technology initiatives with a goal of ensuring that the final product achieves the organization’s intended objectives
  • Coaches IT executives to articulate security issues in a way that will gain boardroom buy-in and financial support


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology (CGEIT)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) V3 Foundations
  • Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI QSA)
  • Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP)


Mark spent more than eight years leading the information security and compliance functions for two large corporations (international insurance broker The Willis Group and national hotelier Gaylord Entertainment Company) before founding and leading a security consulting company and ultimately joining LBMC in 2011. He also helped to build the information security consulting practice for the Middle Tennessee office of one of the Big Four accounting firms.

Mark has received numerous commendations for his contributions to information security on behalf of his employers and the community at large. Most recently, the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) named Mark a Fellow; one of a handful of individuals internationally recognized for their accomplishments in information security, leadership, and service to the association and profession. Mark is also a contributing author for the Association of International Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a member of its Cybersecurity Working Group.

In his role leading Gaylord’s IT operations and Security function, Mark led a cutting-edge implementation of a security information and event management (SIEM) solution in 2008. Recognizing his thought leadership in this emerging area of technology, technology think-tank Gartner, Inc., invited him to present the success story at its national conference.

Additional honors and awards include:

  • 2005 Information Security Executive of the Year
  • 2008 Information Security Magazine “Security 7” top seven security leaders
  • ComputerWorld Premier Top 100 IT Leaders for 2009
  • Named Nashville’s Emerging Leader for Technology in 2010


Mark has long been committed to supporting the growth and success of the information security community.

  • AICPA's Cybersecurity Working Group (This group is working to develop a common security attestation process to allow organizations to demonstrate their security posture to interested stakeholders in a consistent manner.)
  • Contributing Author for TSCPA Journal 
  • Middle Tennessee Chapter of the ISSA - Founding Member, Former 3-term President
  • Southeast CSO Council – Co-Founder
  • InfoSec sector leader for the State of Tennessee Office of Homeland Security Advisory Council
  • InfoSec Nashville – Co-Founder and Former Chairman of the Board
  • Original Delegate to the Information Security Advisory Board for the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Government
  • Middle TN InfraGard Chapter – Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors
  • Foundation for Advanced Science Through Distributed Computing – Board of Directors
  • Belmont University Accounting Advisory Board Member
  • Carson-Newman College Business Department Advisory Board Member

For his cumulative efforts as a security leader serving his community and his State, on September 11, 2008 Mark was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in recognition of outstanding service in the best interests and highest traditions of the State of Tennessee.

Click the image below to read Mark's article, "The CPA's Cybersecurity Toolkit: Enhance Your Firm's Expertise and Help Protect Your Clients," in the July/August issue of the TSCPA's Tennessee CPA Journal.


Mark is a founding member of a Christian a cappella vocal quartet called En Rapport that has performed throughout North America.  He has made an appearance on the ABC television show Nashville, and also appeared in a scene of the major motion picture The Identical, starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd.

Mark enjoys playing and watching sports, and passionately roots for the Vols, Titans, Predators, and Atlanta Braves.  He also collects sports memorabilia.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Mark resides in Mount Juliet with his wife and two daughters.

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  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Master of Accountancy; Graduate teaching assistant
  • Carson–Newman University, Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Carson-Newman College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude while serving as a placekicker for C-N’s nationally ranked NCAA Division II college football team. Mark also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Belmont University, where he teaches Accounting Information Systems.
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