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Dr. Thomas A. Johnson

Dr. Johnson serves as Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the Sans Technology Institute, and also is the CEO and Managing Member of the Cyberspace Strategies and Solutions, LLC. Previously he served as the Associate Vice President & Chief of Strategic Initiatives for Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. In his role of Interim Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology he introduced the Cyber Security program which has been offered both on military bases as well as in several international countries. Dr. Johnson was one of the founding partners of the Forensic Data Center a company focused on computer forensics. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University and his Doctorate from the University of California – Berkeley.

Dr. Johnson founded the Center for Cybercrime and Forensic Computer Investigation, and was responsible for developing the Graduate National Security program offered at two of our National Laboratories in California and New Mexico. Dr. Johnson also served as a special consultant to the U.S. Department of State and the International Law Enforcement Academy where he was responsible for training Foreign Law Enforcement Agents and Prosecutors in High Technology and Computer Crime; Risk Management; and Information Security and Leadership Strategies. Officials trained from the following Nations: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Thailand.

Previously, Dr. Johnson served as a member of the FBI Infraguard program; and also as a member of the Electronic Crime Task Force, U.S. Secret Service- New York and San Francisco field offices. United States Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Dr. Johnson a member of the Information Technology Working Group, and he served as Chair, Task Force Group on Combating High Technology Crime for the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Johnson was also appointed an advisor to the Judicial Council of California on the Court Technology Task Force by the California Supreme Court.

Dr. Johnson has published 7 books, 13 referred articles; holds copyright on 4 software programs and his chapter on “Infrastructure Warriors: A Threat to the U.S. Homeland,” was published by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. In addition to lecturing at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, he has also lectured at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and numerous universities.

Dr. Johnson has appeared in both State and U.S. Federal courts as an expert witness and was a member of the Select Ad Hoc Presidential Investigative Committee and consultant to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in the case of Sirhan B. Sirhan regarding evaluation of ballistics and physical evidence concerning the assassination of United States Senator, Robert F. Kennedy.