Dr. John D. Johnson is CEO/Founder of Aligned Security. John is 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 has 30+ years of information technology experience, 22 years in information security and 15 years as a college professor. 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 has served 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.

Specialties: -Leadership, architecture, strategy, metrics, risk management, endpoint, identity, supply chain, mobile, cloud, big data, OT/IoT, data protection and global privacy and regulatory issues.