Bart McDonough, CEO

Bart McDonough is CEO and Founder of Agio, a hybrid managed IT and cybersecurity services provider specializing in the financial services, health care and payments industries. Bart has deep institutional investment knowledge, with more than 25 years of experience working in cybersecurity, business development and managed IT within the hedge fund industry. His core strengths are assessing, defining, advocating, and driving the adoption of risk management strategies, controls, and models that enabled organizations to advance cybersecurity resiliency while successfully complying with evolving regulatory requirements, and behavioral transformations. 

Harnessing his expertise in alternative investments, Bart and his growing team of nearly 300 employees have developed cybersecurity and managed IT tools tailored to protect financial businesses’ most precious assets: money and reputation. Just one example of Agio’s industry-changing work included finding and repairing a Bloomberg Professional Services setting that could have compromised over 300,000 subscribers. As CEO, Bart has grown Agio’s roster of clients to exceed 300, spanning hedge funds, private equity (PE) firms, registered investment advisors (RIAs), asset managers, investment banks and health care providers. Additionally, Bart and Agio provide invaluable support to firms navigating SEC and FINRA regulations, offering tailored solutions to ensure compliance and bolster cybersecurity measures. 

Bart has a deep drive for innovation and has formed a strategic pairing of AI and human brilliance. This is exemplified through Agio’s accelerator team, comprised of engineering, automation, product development, and data science professionals. Working in unison, these integral teams drive automation, AI, and machine learning across the organization, all with the unifying vision to continuously improve in the frictionless management of secure and robust technology.  

Bart currently sits on the board of two cybersecurity firms, TwoSense.AI and Magnus Cloud, and has just authored two books, Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity from Cyber Criminals, in early 2019, and his latest in 2023, Cyber Guardians: Empowering Board Members for Effective Cybersecurity. Prior to founding Agio, he worked at SAC Capital Advisors, BlueStone Capital Partners, OptiMark Technologies, Sanford Bernstein and American Express. Bart received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and his master’s degree in business administration from Yale University.  

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