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John D. Johnson, Ph.D., CISSP


Career Objective


My goal is to serve as a senior security executive, CISO or senior risk officer for a large multi-national corporation, with responsibilities to:


- Align information assurance and risk management policies with business objectives.
- Advise and collaborate with executive team and business leaders to develop and implement security initiatives to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of corporate data and networks.
- Be seen as a key contributor in achieving the strategic goals of the organization.
- Stay ahead of the curve in terms of being aware of threats that may impact the organization and new defensive technologies.
- Develop meaningful enterprise security metrics, leveraging enterprise knowledge to demonstrate effective risk management and to drive improvements in information assurance.
- Peer with a network of senior security professionals, policy experts and industry analysts to share best practices and to develop leading edge security standards.




- Senior security professional with more than 16 years proven experience managing technical security programs across more than 130 business units worldwide for a F500 company and over 30 years of IT experience in academia, government and industry.

- Previously held DOE TCI Clearance, working as a postdoctoral fellow, technical staff member and network security manager for Los Alamos National Laboratory (1993-1999).

- CISSP credentialed since 2000



- Experience managing professionals in cross-functional teams, for technical evaluations, global product deployment, process development and ongoing technical and customer support.

- Experience working with business partners and stakeholders to deliver security solutions that enable business growth, process excellence and add genuine business value.

- Experience developing and enforcing global security policies, standards and guidelines.

- Experience working closely with legal and supply management in contract negotiations to select security tools and services on contracts exceeding $1M.

- Experience developing, testing and implementation of disaster recovery and continuity plans.

- Experience working with global audits and legal, privacy and compliance issues, including ISO and COBIT frameworks, and regulations such as: HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, PCI-DSS, FIPS, FISMA.

- Experience implementing security best practices and protocols, including: SSL/IPsec VPN, SSL, SSH, NAT, IDS, WLAN, VLAN, Mobile Communications, embedded systems, PKI.

- Experience identifying IP protection goals, managing technical security and incident response for a heterogeneous and globally diverse network of 80,000 endpoints.




- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to interact well with peers, customers, staff and senior executives.

- Able to explain complex subject matter in an easy to understand way, to global audiences with varied experience and cultural backgrounds.

- Extensive training and experience managing complex global projects.

- Well respected subject matter expert and security industry thought leader, engaged with industry leading information security leaders on leading edge efforts on security standards, policies and practices.

- Ability to communicate knowledge and expertise and to provide insight and direction to stakeholders.

- Highly ethical and dedicated professional, able to work effectively in a global, matrixed, multi-cultural, collaborative environment.

- Possesses a self-motivated, resilient, can-do attitude to overcome obstacles and find resolution in sometimes difficult conditions.

- Experienced leader and facilitator, with the ability to persuade and inform stakeholders with diverse interests to reach consensus on complex and high impact subjects.

- Demonstrated initiative, critical thinking skills and enthusiasm.


Professional Activities


- Experienced entrepeneur and business ower, developing online content and educational courses for large universities.

- Adjunct faculty member at Excelsior College, University of Advancing Technology, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and St. Ambrose University. Experienced educator and lecturer, having taught more than 30 on-site undergratuate and graduate courses since 2003.

- Serve on various society, university and industry boards and CISO panels, in the capacity of contributing member or officer, including: IEEE, Sigma Xi, InfraGard, Board of Governors for University of Advancing Technolgy.

- Enthusiastic promoter of science and engineering community outreach and humanitarian efforts. Past-President and Director of Quad City Engineering and Science Council.

- Serve on organizing committees for regional and international security conferences. Founder of annual security conference CornCon.

- Frequent invited speaker on security topics at industry conferences.

- Experienced mentor, with 5+ years as a Advanced Mastery Coach.




- Biography, Activities & Publications
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Resume and References Available Upon Request