Civix Elevates VP of Technology, Names Director of Cybersecurity 

Leader in Public Sector Solutions Laser Focused on Cyber Resilience  

Civix, a company on a mission to transform the public sector with software and services, has promoted Calvin Simmons to Vice President of Technology and tapped John McGee as Director of Information Security. 

“Elevating and adding cybersecurity experts is indicative of Civix’s emphasis on building cyber resilience, not only within our company, but also for the clients we serve,” said Tom Amburgey, CEO, Civix. “Calvin and John are highly regarded as leading experts, and they’re ensuring that all our solutions are built on best practices and leverage best-in-breed technologies to prevent, detect, and stay ahead of cyber threats.” 

For decades, Civix has grown and evolved to meet the needs of a public sector that faces significant challenges, including cybersecurity. Keeping data secure while anticipating and mitigating these threats is at the heart of the company’s work. All its software solutions are built on a foundation of best practices that include National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, defense-in-depth strategies, zero trust architecture, automated provisioning, continuous monitoring, and best-in-breed tools, including Amazon Web Services Cloud. 

These best practices have been incorporated into Civix’s security program by Simmons, who, as chief information security officer (CISO), was its chief architect. As the newly appointed Vice President of Technology, Simmons’ serves as chief information officer and will continue to serve as CISO. He oversees Information Technology (IT) services, cybersecurity, and cloud strategy, security, migrations and operations. His program overseas the security of elections processes in 30 percent of the nation, management platforms for some 100+ airports and nearly all US nuclear power plants, and the grant management programs servicing 37 states and managing tens of billions of dollars in federal funds.  

With 25 years of experience, Simmons was previously the enterprise security architect for one of the largest private healthcare systems in the US that managed 45 hospitals and 130,000 workforce members.  

“Cybersecurity is a priority at Civix, and we’ve invested in the resources to prove it,” said Simmons. “I’m at the table for every business decision to ensure that cybersecurity is a chief consideration and integrated throughout the company. We’re making significant investments in cybersecurity because our clients, and the American people, are depending on it.” 

“I’m especially pleased that with the talent we’ve added to our team, including the addition of John McGee as Director of InfoSec,” he continued. “John is highly regarded in our industry as a thought leader. His active, high-profile roles in the security community and in conferences demonstrate his commitment to the profession.” 

McGee joined Civix early this year and is responsible for security operations, program management, data loss and fraud prevention, cyber risk and intelligence, security architecture, investigations and forensics, and governance. 

He is playing a leading role in identifying and mitigating potential risks and ensuring all components of Civix’s cybersecurity program are implemented consistently and running according to policies and standards.  

McGee’s background includes 19 years in healthcare IT, a majority of which was spent designing and implementing solutions with a security focus or performing security operations and incident response.