Kevin Johnson

CISO | SVP, Cyber Risk | Accessibility Team member

Kevin Johnson has almost two decades of experience in managing diverse teams and securing critical government and private sector systems through application development, infrastructure, and cybersecurity. He has expertise in vulnerability management, security operations, incident response, security governance, risk management, compliance, auditing, and process development. Johnson has demonstrated his ability to identify and prioritize high risk tasks and streamline processes while ensuring compliance with regulatory standards such as NIST, SOX, DISA STIG, IRS, ITIL, and others.

Johnson started his career in the United States Air Force and demonstrated an immense level of trust and competency, achieving one of the highest security clearances available. In this capacity, he excelled in high stress, rapidly changing environments by protecting government leaders, critical resources, and vital information systems. After his military experience, he tranisitioned to a federal civilian where he worked for Navy Headquarters in Washington, DC, managing teams for an application utilized jointly by all DoD services. Johnson then moved to the Internal Revenue Service where he secured a critical filing season system, where he led the vulnerability management program, developed and implemented security processes, and maintained system security documentation to ensure compliance with federal audits.

Johnson later transitioned to the private sector, where he worked as the Director of Information Security for National Western Life. There, he managed a security team covering every facet of IT Security and worked across IT sections and business units to create an inclusive security culture throughout the organization.

Education & Professional Training

  • American Military University (Information Technology Management, Bachelor of Science)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • LOMA One

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.

Leadership & Recognition

  • Mentor and encourage individuals of all types who have an interest in cyber security to pursue their passion in the field.
  • Speaker at Net Diligience 2023
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