John is a 30-year veteran of the defense and security industry and the Founder and Principal of Net-Centric Cybersecurity Consulting (NC3)-LLC, a cyber security consulting firm based in Columbia, Maryland where he focuses on cybersecurity technology, risk, compliance, and business strategy.

Prior to founding NC3 in 2013 John was a Vice President and General Manager for General Dynamics from 2010 -2013, where he led a large portfolio of cybersecurity programs spanning the Intelligence Community, DHS, DoD, and the commercial sector. While at General Dynamics John led the acquisition of Fidelis Security Systems, a market leading network software security business, in order to reposition General Dynamic’s and their existing digital forensics and incident response business within the commercial network security space. Prior to joining General Dynamics John spent five years at Northrop Grumman in positions of increasing responsibility, spearheading their acquisition of Essex Corporation to reposition and grow a net-centric cyber focused business. From 1985-2005 John held a variety of technical and leadership positions with the DoD.

John served as a member of Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Board of Directors from 2011-2014 and remains an active member of their Cyber Security Council. John is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS), and member of the advisory boards at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and the BWTech@UMBC Cybersecurity Incubator. John is also an active mentor at the Mach37 Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Cybersecurity Accelerator in Herndon VA, and is a member of the advisory boards of CounterTack, Disrupt6, and Identia, and Syncurity. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Computer and Information Science from UMBC, a master’s degree in Program/Organization Management from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA in Finance with honors from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


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