John Dickson, Principal

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 network security, intrusion detection systems and software security. He helps Chief Security Officers of Fortune 500 and federal organizations launch software initiatives, and is currently the honorary commander of the 67th Network Warfare Wing, which organizes, trains and equips cyberspace forces to conduct network defense, attack and exploitation.

Previous Positions

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.

Speaking History

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.

Community

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, a member of the Computer Security Institute (CSI) and a senior member of ISSA. 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.

Certifications

John 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.