CISO | SVP, Cyber Risk | Accessibility Team member
With almost two decades of experience, Mr. Johnson has been responsible for securing critical government and private sector systems by managing diverse teams in application development, infrastructure, and cyber security. He has extensive experience in vulnerability management, monitoring, incident response, security governance, risk management, compliance, auditing, and process development.
He has led government and private sector organizations by developing and implementing security policies, programs, best practices, procedures, and standards from the ground up.
Highly organized, Mr. Johnson continuously demonstrates the ability to prioritize a wide range of tasks/projects with an expert ability to streamline processes. He meticulously reviews the latest updates to regulatory bodies and standards, ensuring compliance with NIST, SOX, DISA STIG, IRS, ITIL, and other requirements.
Mr. Johnson started his career by serving in the United States Air Force in various physical and information security capacities. By working overseas in highly stressful and rapidly changing environments, his ability to remain calm and adapt to any situation has proven to be vital to the safety and security of government leaders, critical resources, and systems. Receiving some of the highest clearances available, Mr. Johnson has demonstrated an immense level of trust and competency throughout his time in the military.
Following his military experience, Mr. Johnson transitioned to a federal civilian, working for Navy Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he managed technical assets, compliance, policy, and contract teams for an application utilized jointly by all DoD services. He worked with military leaders at the Pentagon to ensure requirements were met, demonstrated compliance with regulatory and industry standards, and provided overall security updates.
After his work with the Department of Defense, Mr. Johnson moved to the Internal Revenue Service. During this time, he represented a critical filing season system during various audits and cyber directives, led the vulnerability management program, developed and implemented security processes, and revised system security documentation to ensure compliance.
Concluding his time working in the federal government, Mr. Johnson transitioned to the private sector where he worked as the Director of Information Security for National Western Life (NWL) where he specialized in strategy, planning, policy, governance, security operations, and audit-readiness. He managed a security team that covers every facet of IT Security, including vulnerability management, risk assessments, data security, incident response, continuous monitoring, access control, training, compliance, and vendor management. Using refined communication skills, he competently provided complex security risks to non-technical leaders. He worked across IT sections and business units to create an encompassing and inclusive security culture across the organization.
Education & Professional Training
- American Military University (Information Technology Management, Bachelor of Science)
- LOMA One
- Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
- CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)
Honors & Awards
- Air Force Achievement Medal
For demonstrating a high level of professionalism and sound judgment in high stress, high importance situations, including: high risk traffic stops, entry control, detection system monitoring of restricted area, and graded in the top 5% on evaluations.
- Army Commendation Medal
For performing exceptional work as a Provost Marshal Desk Sergeant in a high stress, high tempo work environment in Afghanistan. Designated as Information Assurance Officers based on security knowledge, dispatching personnel to emergency situations, handling critical paperwork, coordinating closely with Army Force Protection and similar agencies, maintaining base safety and integrity.