Biography of John M. Willis
John M. Willis is Founder and CEO of Turnaround Security since 2016. Prior to Turnaround Security, he was a Chief Information Security Officer for Zermount Consulting, supporting the United States Secret Service (2015-2016). John was the Principal Information Security and Privacy Consultant for pINFOSEC, supporting Computer Sciences Corporation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Desjardins, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate, CA Technologies, Verizon Telematics, and the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (2012-2015). John served as a Chief Information Security Officer for Lockheed Martin, supporting The United States Mint (2011-2012). John was again Principal Information Security and Privacy Consultant for pINFOSEC, supporting The World Bank Group, Barclays, IBM, Harris, U.S. Navy, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) (2006-2011).
While the Principal Configuration Management Consultant of Regulus Consulting, John supported Siemens Health Services Corporation, Rockwell Telecommunications, Ameritech, The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, Chrysler, Visa International, Sun Microsystems, Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNet), Verizon Communications, United Services Automobile Association (USAA), and UnitedHealth Group from 1996-2006. He was also Configuration Manager and Programmer Analyst for MCI (1993-1996).
John was a Senior Paralegal for Acumenics Research and Technology, supporting the U.S. Department of Justice (1993). He was Inside Director and Membership Coordinator of Environmental Action, Inc. from 1991-1993, and again a Paralegal of Acumenics Research and Technology, supporting the U.S. Department of Justice from 1990-1991. He was a self-employed Technical and Health Policy Consultant from 1986-1990, and Associate Engineer of Marconi Avionics from 1978-1986. John began his professional career as an Electronics Technician for Terminal Equipment Maintenance (1978).
He holds two Professional Certificates from Stanford University: Strategic Decision and Risk Management (anticipated 2017); and Advanced Computer Security. He also holds a Paralegal Diploma from Ashworth College. John is enrolled in the Spring 2018 cohort for the Executive Chief Information Security Officer Certificate program at Carnegie Mellon University, H. John Heinz III College.
John is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Association for Corporate Growth, ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), Northern Virginia Hackers Association, International Association of Privacy Professionals, (ISC)2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium), and Infragard.
John was also a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
He served as an Advisor on the Nanotechnology Advisory Committee of Northwest Vista College (2008-2011), and as Board Director of Chester County InterLink (CCIL) (2003-2004). John served as President and Legislative Advocate of the Georgia Women’s Coalition for Medical Freedom (1983-1990), and Executive Director of Georgians for Safe Food (1988-1989).
John was a Reviewer for National Electric Sector Cyber Security Organization Resources (NESCOR) (2011-2014), and Legislative Advocate of the Georgia State Association of Naturopathic Physicians (1983-1989). He served as Executive Officer (Secretary), Board Director, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Financial Committee Member, and Legislative Advocate of Sevananda Natural Foods Cooperative (1986-1988). John also served as Vice President, Board Director, and Legislative Advocate of the Informed Health Care Association of Georgia (1983-1987).