Curriculum Vitiate

Thomas A. Johnson | | 708.480.2359


Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Sciences, Utah Valley University
Master of Information Technology and Management, Illinois Institute of Technology

Academic experience

Illinois Institute of Technology
Adjunct Industry Professor of Information Technology and Management, 2015-Present
Member, Curriculum Committee - Department of Information Technology and Management, 2016-Present
Advisory Board Member, IIT Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education (C2SAFE), 2018-Present

Trinity Christian College
Adjunct Professor of Information Technology – Department of Adult Studies – Business Administration, 2014 - 2018

Thornton Township Schools - Thornridge High School
Instructor / Student Teacher / Teacher assistant - Computer Science, 1989 - 1993

Non-academic experience

BDO – National Leader Cybersecurity - 2019 - Present
A global accounting, tax and consulting firm.  Direct responsibility for the US based team delivering vCISO, Security Advisory and Cyber Maturity & Assessments to our customers.

Responsible for the collaboration of all of our cybersecurity teams in the US - delivering best-in-class cybersecurity solutions to our customers.

Member of the BDO Global Cyber Steering Committee as a representative for BDO USA
Member of NACA (North American Cyber Alliance)

Deft – CISO - 2019 - 2022
Data center and Cloud hosting company with expertise in AWS public Cloud. Responsible for Information Security Governance that includes all aspects of compliance for the organization and Information Security spanning the corporate environment as well as client environments.

IS Executives – Owner - 2013 – 2019
Security and compliance consulting firm specializing on project-based work for regulated companies.

Peters and Associates – vCISO - 2014 - 2019
A technology consulting firm dedicated to the design, integration and support of enterprise business and technology solutions. Responsible for the security and compliance initiatives at various clients – focusing on the finance industry. Responsibilities include acting as the CISO for various organizations.

Aqueity Inc. – VP – Managing Director - 2012-2014
A technology consulting firm specializing in outsourced Information Technology and Managed Services. Responsible for managing the operations of the company as well as acting as a consultant to the client base on Information Security matters.

Metropolitan Bank Group - Chicago, IL - 2004-2012
MB Financial Corporation - Chicago, IL - 1991-2004
Thornton Township Schools – Dolton, IL – 1989 - 1993


CompTIA: Network+, A+, Security+
EC-Council: C|CISO
AWS: Cloud Practitioner
Axelos: ITIL v3 Foundation

Honors and Awards

Jeffrey Kimont Memorial Teaching Award, IIT Department of Information Technology and Management, 2020

Service Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

Illinois Institute of Technology
Member, Curriculum Committee - Department of Information Technology and Management, 2016-Present
Advisory Board Member, IIT Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education (C2SAFE), 2018-Present

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
 – Chair – Information Security SIG
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
 – Various Committees - See below
FBI InfraGard
Gamma Nu Eta - the Information Technology Honor Society - Professional Member
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association – Life Member
American Bonanza Society - Life Member
American Radio Relay League - Life Member

Publications and Presentations 

The Value of Certification ISACA Journal – 2018
Data and Computer Communications Information Security Management Handbook - Tenth Edition – 2014 – Content contributor, reviewer – ISBN 0-13-350648-7
Information Security Management Handbook - Sixth Edition - Volume 6 - Chapter 9 - 2012 - CRC Press / Taylor & Francis - ISBN 0849374952
Computer Security - Principles and Practice 2nd. Ed. – 2012 - Content contributor, reviewer – ISBN 0-13-277506-9

Committees & Professional Development Activities

ISACA Certification Working Group - CISM - 2021 - 2024
ISACA Contracted Item Writer for CDPSE Certification - 2020
ISACA Contracted Item Writer for NIST/COBIT Curriculum - 2019/2020
ISACA Contracted Item writer for CISM Certification – 2016 – 2020
ISACA CRISC Practice Analysis Task Force - 2020
ISACA CRISC Exam & Item Development Working Group - 2020
ISACA Certification Working Group - CISM - 2015-2018
ISACA Item Writer Development Group – CISM – 2013-2014
ISACA Test Enhancement Subcommittee - CRISC - 2011-2012
FBI InfraGard – 2011 – 2020