John McCumber is the Director of Cybersecurity Advocacy, North America, for (ISC)2. In this newly established role, John represents (ISC)2’s 145,000+ members as their spokesperson for the profession of cybersecurity. His duties require him to work with legislators on Capitol Hill and provide strategic input to national and international committees on critical cybersecurity issues.
John is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and former Cryptologic Fellow of the National Security Agency. During his military career, John served in the Defense Information Systems Agency and on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as information warfare officer during the Persian Gulf War. He was appointed a Fellow of (ISC)2 in 2016, an honor that recognizes elite information security professionals who have made outstanding contributions, throughout their careers, to the information security profession.
Before joining (ISC)2, John held information security consulting roles with Gartner and Symantec. He also served as chair of the TechAmerica Cybersecurity Committee and was appointed an interim CISO for a post-breach federal contractor. John has been a professorial lecturer in information security at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and is currently technical editor and columnist for Security Technology Executive magazine. John is the author of the textbook Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: a Structured Methodology from Auerbach Publications.