Dr. John D. Johnson, Ph.D., CISSP, CRISC

Dr. John D. Johnson is CEO and Founder Aligned Security. He is also a founding board member of the Security Advisor Alliance (501c.3), a member of SC Media Editorial Board, and serves on advisory boards for innovative security startups.

John spent 17 years as security architect for a Fortune 100 global manufacturing company, where he managed infrastructure and developed strategy and secure architecture solutions for protecting a global corporate network, endpoints, industrial systems and the supply chain. His experience spans the public and private sectors, as well as industry verticals: technology, manufacturing, finance, energy, healthcare, education. John was previously network security manager for the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and an experimental nuclear physicist developing radiation systems for nuclear remediation and non-proliferation.

John has developed and taught numerous graduate cybersecurity courses and helped develop the CISO executive certificate program with University of Chicago, Booth School of Management. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and serves as program committee member for RSA Conference and Black Hat. John is founder and organizer of CornCon, an annual Midwestern cybersecurity conference and kids hacker camp. Over his career, he has served in leadership roles in technical and professional societies, including IEEE, InfraGard and (ISC)2. John has received various awards in recognition of his contribution to the profession, and was runner up for 2014 Chicago CISO of the Year. He is an IEEE Senior Member, Charter Member of FAIR Institute and Fellow of Ponemon Institute.

John enjoys promoting STEM and cybersecurity with kids and the public, blogging, podcasting, photography, travel, astronomy and lives in Iowa with his very large dog.


“I had the opportunity to work with John on a number of network security related projects. I was very impressed by his deep technical expertise and great project management skills. John played a key role in understanding the business requirements and helped develop the right security solutions. I highly recommend John for the any strategic IT security solution engagement.” – Tauseef Ahmed, Manager Product Data and Application, John Deere

“Dr. John Johnson is a terrific professional, an educator, and a tireless volunteer. I’ve known him for several years through the IEEE and I’ve been very impressed with his knowledge, his affability, and his acumen. I served on the Executive Board of the Iowa-Illinois IEEE section with John and he’s just a great guy to work with.” – John Dooley, William and Marilyn Ingersoll Professor of Computer Science at Knox College

“I had the pleasure of working with John at John Deere while I was at Foundstone. John is an extremely warm and friendly person with remarkable honesty, integrity and knowledge of security. It has been a pleasure to work with John in the past and I envy any role that works closely with John in the future.” – Stuart McClure, CEO/President and Founder, Cylance, Inc.

“John Johnson is a consummate professional and a highly respected and trusted information risk management colleague. John combines a deep strategic and architectural understanding of information security with the rare ability to educate, teach and communicate with people of every level in terms they can readily understand. John’s work ethic and willingness to give back to the information security community is commendable, and he has been and continues to be a recognized thought leader in the field. I have the utmost respect for John and personally value and appreciate all of his contributions.” – Dennis Devlin, CISO, BlueAlly

March 31st, 2017 by John