(ISC)2 Charlotte Metro Chapter July

John Felker will discuss how to cultivate strong leadership in cyber and align the CISO to the Board.

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Rethinking Leadership in Cybersecurity: How to Build Strong Leaders in Security That Align to the Business



As a former security executive with over thirty years of leadership experience, John will examine the necessity of cultivating strong leadership in cyber and the importance of aligning the CISO to the company goals of the organization while building a culture of trust and accountability. In this discussion, he will address several key elements of building a sound organization, ranging from building board-level trust to creating an effective talent management strategy to communicating with internal and external customers. 


Building upon a long career in government and the private sector, John Felker works with senior leaders to see and understand the big cybersecurity picture, the risk, and the business impact of cyber threats. He brings wide-ranging leadership, organizational, and business experiences that can help you prepare for the worst, understand and address the issues, and ultimately, succeed. A sought-after cybersecurity and leadership expert, he is a frequent speaker at national and international cybersecurity conferences.  

Felker is the former Assistant Director for Integrated  Operations, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency  (CISA) where he brought focus to integrated operations across the Agency that extended to Regional CISA elements,  intelligence, operational planning, and mission execution with emphasis on risk mitigation and response efforts.  

He previously served as the Director of the National  Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center from  2015 to 2019. Prior to joining CISA, Felker worked as Director of Cyber and Intelligence Strategy for HP Enterprise Services and in a 30-year career, served as Deputy Commander, Coast  Guard Cyber Command; Commander, Coast Guard  Cryptologic Group, as Executive Assistant to the Director of  Coast Guard Intelligence and commanded the cutters CAPE  UPRIGHT and RED CEDAR. 

Felker is President of Morse Alpha Associates, Inc., a cyber leadership consultancy, serves as a member of the Parsons  Corporation Senior Advisory Board, a Senior Advisor to the  

Chertoff Group, as a Senior Advisor to the Maritime  Transportation System ISAC, a Senior Advisor to S-RM, an international cyber intelligence, response, and resilience company, and a Senior Fellow at the McCrary Institute for  Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security at Auburn University. He is a member of the National Technology Security Coalition’s  Advisory Council and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Operation Renewed Hope Foundation and the Boards of  Advisors for the Military Cyber Professionals Association, and the Cyber Security Forum Initiative.  

He is the recipient of the Department of Homeland Security Outstanding Public Service Medal and his military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of  Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal.  

Felker graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of  Science and earned his Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at  Syracuse University and has co-authored several papers on cyber intelligence under the auspices of the Intelligence and  National Security Alliance.