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Mark Thomas

Founder & President of Escoute Consulting

Mark is an internationally known Governance Risk and Compliance expert, specializing in Information Assurance, IT Risk, IT Strategy, Service Management and Digital Transformation

My Story

As a former Army officer with over 28 years of professional experience, Mark has a wide array of industry experience including government, health care, finance/banking, manufacturing, and technology services. He has held roles spanning from CIO to IT consulting and is considered a thought leader in frameworks such as COBIT, NIST, ITIL and multiple ISO standards. Mark routinely speaks at US and international conferences and earned the ISACA John Kuyers award twice for Best Speaker/Conference contributor of the year. Mark also holds the CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT) and CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) certifications.

“Mark helped me take my IT Organization to a whole new level of expansion in just a few months!”


Typical engagements include digital transformation governance, maturity assessments, hands-on implementation, and consultative training and coaching in the service management, enterprise governance/risk and cybersecurity domains.

Acted as interim leadership for clients with a specific focus of organizational design, operational processes, risk, cybersecurity and governance models including ITIL, COBIT, NIST and TOGAF.

Provided training services for major training firms and consulting clients in several disciplines including Business Analysis, ITIL, COBIT, MOF, ISO, NIST Cybersecurity and IT strategy areas.

Certifications, Expertise & Education

Key Certifications

  • COBIT 4.1, 5, 2019
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF)
  • ITIL v3 Expert Designation
  • ITIL v4
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner

Areas of Expertise

  • Enterprise governance of information and technology
  • Risk governance and management
  • Cybersecurity strategy
  • Information controls assurance and compliance
  • IT strategy development and implementation
  • Agile, Lean and DevOps
  • GRC frameworks (COBIT, NIST, COSO, ISO, ITIL)


  • BS, University of Central Missouri
  • MS, Central Michigan University


Mark Thomas is the Author and Instructor of all of the Escoute e-Learning courses. Escoute e-Learning is the best location to learn essential skills in the Governance, Risk, and Compliance domains that not only provide you with the knowledge you need, but also with advice and methods you can use right now.


Risk Appetite - more important now than ever...

Resurrecting the Three Lines of Defense Model

Stay on top of IT Governance trends with the newly updated CGEIT Certification

Articles & Training

Interface Technical Training

ITIL 4 is coming February 28 and I think you are going to like this


Webinar – COBIT 2019 Use Cases: Tailoring Governance of Your Enterprise IT


Webinar – [Case Study] COBIT 5 as a Standard in the Jordanian Banking System

Global Expert Webinar Series

Global experts weigh in with their top tips


Webinar – Tips and Techniques to adopt GDPR using COBIT 5


Webinar – Governance of Digital Transformation

ISACA Istanbul Chapter

Webinar – Creating a GRC framework in a high velocity environment


Webinar – Using COBIT and CGEIT to achieve enterprise governance success


Webinar – Demystifying IT governance roles in a dynamic business environment

Articles Referencing Mark Thomas


6 Signs the CIO-CISO relationship is broken and how to fix it

AP News

ISACA Introduces COBIT 2019 Training Resources

Compliance Week

ISACA issues COBIT 2019 to help reboot IT governance


7 Things to Know About IT GRC in the Cloud


The Dos and Don’ts of IT GRC in the Cloud


How IT Audit Can Break Down Communication Silos


10 ways to improve IT performance (without killing morale)


An in-depth video interview series with global IT leaders

ISACA Press Release

ISACA Updates Exam Content Outline for the CGEIT Certification

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