John Dickson is a principal at Denim Group, Ltd. and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) whose technical background includes hands-on experience with application security, intrusion detection systems and telephony security. He helps Chief Security Officers of Fortune 500 and Federal organizations launch software initiatives and is currently the honorary commander of the US Air Force 67th Network Warfare Wing, which organizes, trains and equips cyberspace forces to conduct network defense, attack and exploitation.
John Dickson is a former U.S. Air Force officer who specialized in network defense and command and control while on active duty and Air Force Reserves. He joined Denim Group after holding several leadership positions at SecureLogix Corporation, including Regional Vice President of International Operations and Director of Consulting. Before SecureLogix, John specialized in security architecture development, electronic commerce, corporation information protection, and intrusion detection as a Manager with KPMG’s Information Risk Management consulting practice in Dallas.
He was a consultant with Trident Data Systems, a Los Angeles-based network security consulting firm, prior to his tenure with KPMG. His experience at Trident included network penetration projects, firewall project management and enterprise security reviews. He also founded and operated one of San Antonio’s first Internet Service Providers, Onramp Access, from 1995 to 1997.
John is devoted to educating IT Auditors and security professionals on how to develop and implement comprehensive application security programs within their organizations. John regularly speaks on the topic of application security at venues such as the RSA Security Conference, the Computer Security Institute’s (CSI) Conferences and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) conferences.
John believes strongly in community involvement. He is the President of the Texas Lyceum, a prestigious statewide leadership organization. Members of the Texas Lyceum include high-ranking business leaders and government officials in Texas, He is a founder and former chairman of the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI), a founder of the Alamo Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the Immediate Past Chair of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the TRISC co-chair for 2008. He is also a founding member and past president of the Alamo Chapter of ISSA and a member of the Computer Security Institute (CSI). He currently serves on the Founders Board for the Institute for Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio and on the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was also on the steering committee for SA2020, a citywide initiative to determine the course of San Antonio’s future.
He has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 1998, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Statement of Goals
If elected, I my goals as International Director on the ISSA International Board we be three-fold:
- Increase the profile of the organization to make ISSA recognized as the "go to” security organization by business and academic leaders.
- Continue to increase the value proposition of member by expanding career development and networking services at the national and chapter levels.
- Further enhance chapter operations to establish ISSA at the security "membership organization” and clarify roles with organizations like ISC2 and others.
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