Bart McDonough

Chief Executive Officer

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 20 years of experience working in cybersecurity, business development and IT management 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 team of more than 200 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 firms, asset managers, investment banks and health care providers. Bart currently sits on the board of two cybersecurity firms, TwoSense.AI and Magnus Cloud, and has just launched his debut book, Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity from Cyber Criminalsin early 2019. Prior to founding Agio, he worked at SAC Capital Advisors, BlueStone Capital Partners, OptiMark Technologies, Sanford Bernstein and American Express. Bart attended the University of Oklahoma and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. He is married to the two-time Emmy award winning television producer, Cheryl McDonough, and has three incredible children: Russell, Ava, and Kya.

Articles by Bart McDonough


Why iPhone Lockdown Mode Is a Must for C-Suite Cyber Risk Management

Last year, NSO Group made headlines (and got themselves a…

Hedge Funds

How Hackers Target Investors and How to Stay Safe

What’s the most vital part of your firm? You and…


Ransomware Prevention, Simplified

If it seems like there’s a new ransomware attack in…


The Quest for Better IT and Cybersecurity: AI + Human Brilliance from Agio

The promise and chaos of technology Every technological leap comes…

Managed IT

Revolutionizing the MSP Industry

IT support, as an industry, has long been largely referred…

Hedge Funds

Agio’s 10-Year Anniversary: Letter from CEO, Bart McDonough

Ten years ago today, I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity…


IT and Cybersecurity Teams Need to Work Together

Occasionally, we get clients who are worried about their outsourced…


Why Did we Acquire a Cybersecurity Firm?

I often get asked why Agio acquired a cybersecurity firm…


Internet Explorer Zero Day Vulnerability (ID CVE-2018-8653)

Scope Internet Explorer has 11.19% of internet browser market share,…

Managed IT

Why Do Clients Call Us?

Since founding Agio, potential clients come to us for almost…


Digital Value is in the Eye of the Beholder

Criminals only want your passwords, social security numbers, credit card…


Lost Laptops; Lost Data

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security just…


Contacting Law Enforcement Post Cyber-Attack

If your home or office were burglarized, your first step…


SEC Warns about Vendor Payments

There is new information regarding a type of Wire Transfer…


How to Stop Wire Transfer Fraud

Threat intelligence sources, including the US Federal Government, report wire…


How To Detect Phishing: A Beginner’s Guide

“91% of cyber-attacks start with a phishing email.” -…


Spear Phishing — A Threat to Hedge Funds & Private Equity Firms

The U.S. government recently confirmed Russian agents continue to use…


GDPR & What Financial Services Needs to Know

GDPR Introduction The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation…


Top 5 Cybersecurity Risks for Private Equity

Even though most private equity firms grasp cybersecurity risk at…


Detection & Response First. Prevention Second.

In the early days of cybersecurity, it was all about…


Office 365 for Hedge Funds and Private Equity

Taking an intelligence-led approach to cybersecurity, together with the global…


The Four Dimensions to Cybersecurity That Really Matter

Best-in-breed cybersecurity—when it comes to governance, strategy, and tactical execution—…


The Time We Hacked a Private Equity Firm…from Their Lobby

Let me start by saying this private equity firm paid…


Private Equity vs. Hedge Fund: Which Is Harder to Secure?

Although both types of financial service institutions handle highly sensitive…

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