Professional Activities

Dr. John D. Johnson has been involved in the Information Technology industry for 30+ years. He 20+ years of experience as an information security executive and thought leader. He has also worked as nuclear physicist at a national lab, been a small business owner, advisory board member and volunteer. This is a truncated list of his most recent professional activities, development and recognition.

Professional Activities, Society and Board Leadership

• Versive, Advisory Board Member (2017-Present)
• Security Advisor Alliance (Founding Board Member) (2014-present); CISO Awards (Judge 2015)
• SC Media Editorial Advisory Board (2016-present)
• (NIST) NICE Challenge Project Advisory Board (2017-present)

• IEEE – Advancing Technology for the Benefit of Humanity


• IEEE-USA VP Communications and Public Relations (present)
• IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors (2018-2020)
• IEEE-USA MOVE Committee, Communications Chair (2017-present)
• IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee (MGA representative 2015-
2016, member 2011-2014, chair 2017-present)
• MGA Awards and Recognition Committee (past-chair 2017, chair 2015-
2016, member 2014, corresponding member 2011-2013) IEEE Young
Professionals Awards Board Liaison (2015-2016)
• IEEE Awards Board Member (2015-present)
• IEEE Awards Planning and Policy Committee (member 2015-present)
• MGA SAC Awards Committee (Judge 2015-present)
• IEEE-USA Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (2009-2011)


• Region 4 Small Section East Area Support Chair (2015-present)
• Region 4 Awards and Recognition Chair (2011-2014)
• Region 4 Education Committee Chair (2009-2010)
• Region 4 Student Website Contest (Judge 2009-2010)
• IA-IL Section Chair (Section Member at Large (2003-2004), Secretary (2005), Treas.(2006), Vice Chair (2007, 2016), Chair (2008, 2017, 2018), Past Chair (2009))
• IA-IL Computer Society Chapter (Chair & Founder (2009-2010, 2014-2015))

• SC Magazine Awards US (Judge 2011-present, 2017 Co-Chair)
• Sigma Xi Research Honor Society: Chapter Secretary/Treasurer (2013-2016); President (2017); Past President (2018)
• Quad City Cybersecurity Alliance: Founder & President (2009-present)
• Illinois State Board of Education: BCSSE Leadership Team (2012-2015)
• Iowa State University / Security and Software Engineering Research Council (Industry Advisor, 2014-2015)
• Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC): Representative (2008-present), President-Elect (2009-2010), President (2010-2011), Director (2012-2013)
• FBI InfraGard: Treasurer, Springfield Chapter (2009-2011)
• ISC2 (chapter officer); 2017 Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship Committee
• The University of Advancing Technology, Advisory Board (2011-2013)
• Cyber Warfare Forum Initiative (CWFI) (Founding Member)
• National Academy of Sciences workgroup on Professionalizing the Cybersecurity Workforce
• DHS National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) (updating the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework)

Speaking Engagements (75+ presentations, including:)

• RSA Conference
• Black Hat USA
• Argyle
• Camp IT
• CDM Media CISO Summit
• Chicago Security Innovation Summit (SINET)
• Evanta CISO/CDO/CIO Summits
• GDS International Next Generation Security Summit
• IANS Forum
• IQPC Security & Privacy Summits
• SC Congress

Conference Planning

• Black Hat CISO Advisory Board (& 2016 Black Hat Executive Summit)
• RSA Conference Program Committee
• CornCon (QC Cybersecurity Conference) & Children of The CornCon (Kids Hacker Camp) – Founder/Program Chair
• DefCon (R00tz Kids Program)
• Evanta Chicago CISO Summit & Global CISO Summit Governing Board Member

Education & Development

• University of Chicago-Booth School of Management: (Executive Certificate) CISO Institute (2015); CIO Institute (2014)
• The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX – Ph.D. Experimental Nuclear Physics 1992
• Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI – M.S. Physics 1988
• Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI – B.S. Physics 1986

• US Cyber Consequences Unit: Cyber Threat Analysis (2015); Cyber Consequence Analysis (2015)
• The George Washington University: Project Management Strategic Alignment (2012); Project Scheduling & Cost Control (2009); Risk Management (2008); Global Project Management (2006); Complex Project Management (2005); Project Leadership, Management & Communications (2005)
• Risk Management: FAIR Risk Management (2015); CampIT Risk Management (2013)
• Cybersecurity: Ultimate Advanced Hacking (2006); Hacking Advanced (2005)
• John Deere Advanced Mastery Coach

Instruction and Course Development: (>100 courses taught since 2003)

• Cybersecurity graduate course development: Walden, Laureate, ITT Tech, St. Ambrose University (instructor), Excelsior College (currently adjunct professor)
• University of Chicago – Booth School of Management: CISO Institute (development and instruction)
• Physics and Astronomy undergraduate course development/instruction: St. Ambrose University, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (2003-2017)


• Founding Member, Security Advisor Alliance, a 501(c).3 non-profit with the mission to share knowledge, educate kids and give back to the security industry
• IEEE-USA MOVE Disaster Relief, Engineers without Borders, Engineering for Change and Scientists without Borders
• FIRST Volunteer (FLL, FTC, FIRST Robotics)

Certifications and Recognition

• Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
• Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
• Chicago CISO of the Year Runner-Up (2014)
• QCESC 2008 Senior Scientist of the Year (2008)
• IEEE Region 4 Jack Sherman Outstanding Member Award (2010)
• IEEE Senior Member
• IEEE HKN Honor Society
• Rotary Paul Harris Fellow (2007)
• Charter Member, FAIR Institute
• Fellow, Ponemon Institute

April 1st, 2017 by John