Headshot Mark McGovern

Mark McGovern

Venture Partner

Joined Sands Capital


Work Experience

Ravenwill (2019 - 2021)
Orlando, FL | CEO

CA Technologies  (2016 – 2019)
Washington, DC | Vice President, Product Management

Mobile System 7 (2011 - 2016)
Bethesda, MD | CEO, Co-Founder

In-Q-Tel (2002 - 2011)
Arlington, VA | Vice President, Technology

Cigital (2000 - 2002)
Herndon, VA | Director, Technology


Virginia Polytechnic Institute
MS | Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
BS | Electrical Engineering

Mark began working with Sands Capital as an adviser in 2019 and joined Sands Capital full time in 2021. He is a respected cybersecurity industry professional with significant technical, operational and investment experience that includes developing covert and clandestine communication systems for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), serving as Director of Technology at Cigital where Mark was responsible for the company’s original security business, serving as Vice President of Technology at In-Q-Tel where Mark was responsible for In-Q-Tel’s cybersecurity investments for 9+ years, and co-founding a cybersecurity startup (Mobile System 7) that he led as CEO from inception through acquisition. Mark is a regular speaker at industry conferences, including the RSA Conference, Blackhat, and Defcon. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Mark is a licensed professional engineer and holds four US patents.

Business Perspectives
Building Cybersecurity That’s Usable
Rahul Powar and the team at Red Sift are on a mission to make cybersecurity easier for enterprises of all sizes.
Investment Strategy
Machine Learning Can Strengthen Defense Against Cyber Threats
By automating and augmenting security efforts, machine learning can help mitigate breaches and strengthen system defenses.

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