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John B. Wood

John Wood

John B. Wood is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Telos Corporation, a leading provider of continuous security solutions and services for the world’s most security-conscious agencies and organizations. In these roles, he orchestrates the company’s support of corporations and government agencies worldwide in cyber, cloud and enterprise security. With the company since 1992, John is a leading voice on bringing together the private and public sectors to address cybersecurity issues. He is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity at industry and government events, and testified at a congressional committee hearing on “Cybersecurity: What the Federal Government Can Learn from the Private Sector.”

As CEO, John has diversified the company’s product portfolio and expanded its footprint to include commercial enterprises, the military, civilian and intelligence agencies of the federal government, and allied nations around the world. Under John’s leadership, Telos offerings have become the official messaging system of record for the Department of Defense and the database of record for the U.S. Intelligence Community.

An active member of the greater Washington, D.C. business community and a vocal champion of civic entrepreneurship, John was the founding chairman of the Loudoun County (Va.) CEO Cabinet, part of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, and served for five years as chairman of Loudoun County’s Economic Development Commission. He currently serves on the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and is the Chairman of the Alliance for Digital Innovation, an independent voice calling for greater use of commercial innovation and emerging technologies throughout government.

In addition to his work in technology, the local community and the arts, John’s philanthropic efforts support STEM education, humanitarian relief and more. Since 2012, John has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national organization that provides care and support for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. He also served 10 years on the Board of Directors of Project Rebirth, a nonprofit organization that serves veterans and first responders affected by tragic loss and celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit.  Since 2011, Telos has provided funding for Trout Unlimited’s (TU) Veterans Service Partnership (VSP), a program that helps the veteran community find hope and healing through fly fishing and conservation. In 2017, John accepted Trout Unlimited’s Corporate Conservation Partner designation on behalf of Telos for the ongoing support of TU’s VSP.

John is the recipient of several industry awards, including Washingtonian Magazine’s “Tech Titans” and the “Leadership in the Nation’s Interest Award” by the Committee on Economic Development (CED). Before joining Telos in 1992, John worked on Wall Street after earning his degree in finance and computer science at Georgetown University.

A Fresh Start for Enterprise Security and Privacy: Dr. Ron Ross Explains the Latest NIST Revisions.

John B. Wood
July 2, 2020

Last week, Dr. Ron Ross, National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow, joined Telos’ own Steve Horvath for a webinar to discuss the upcoming release of NIST Special Publication 800-53 Rev. 5, its relationship with the NIST RMF Rev. 2, as well as other prevalent cybersecurity topics. This webinar dealt with a number of topics that allowed Dr. Ross to provide some insight into the NIST way of thinking, in addition to how and why perspectives and requirements have changed over the years.

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TAPS’ “Love Lives On” Honors our Fallen Service Members This Memorial Day

John B. Wood
May 25, 2020

This Memorial Day, I’d like to commend our dear friends at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for putting together Love Lives On – a beautiful album honoring both the heroes who gave their lives in service to our country and their surviving families.

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Reevaluating Your Security Posture in Today’s Cyber Landscape

John B. Wood
January 27, 2020

With recent events triggering a nationwide alert to the Iranian cyber threat, organizations and individuals are feeling the pressure to increase their cybersecurity.

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TAPS – Helping Surviving Families for 25 Years

John B. Wood
December 20, 2019

This year, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. For those who are not already familiar, TAPS is a national nonprofit that offers services and support to those grieving the loss of a loved one who died during, or as a result of, their military service.

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Treat Every Day Like It’s Giving Day

John B. Wood
December 3, 2019

Today is Giving Tuesday – a day devoted to helping others, created several years ago in response to the consumer excesses of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The thought and message are spot on, but, instead of devoting a single day in the calendar year to it, every day should be about giving.

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Celebrating our Veterans

John B. Wood
November 11, 2019

Today, as I take the opportunity to look back on the history of the holiday, it seems important to remember our need to celebrate as well.

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The 2019 Washington Exec Pinnacle Awards Recognize Debbie Smith

John B. Wood
November 5, 2019

My right hand here at Telos, Debbie Smith, was selected as a finalist for WashingtonExec’s Pinnacle Award for Executive Assistant of the Year.

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Security and Compliance Automation Drives Cloud Adoption

John B. Wood
October 17, 2019

Automation eliminates uncertainty and reduces the burden of security and compliance. The result is a more confident organization with a greater appetite for cloud adoption.  

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September 11th – Reflecting on this 18th anniversary

John B. Wood
September 11, 2019

It’s hard to believe that 9/11 happened 18 years ago. For those of us that were there and lost loved ones in those horrific attacks, even though time goes on and we grow older, we’ll never forget.

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JEDI, Why “Disinformation” and Protest Culture Need to Stop

John B. Wood
September 5, 2019

In my last JEDI blog post, I wrote about how important the DoD’s broader enterprise cloud effort is to America’s warfighters. JEDI is the first, single cloud step in this enterprise-wide cloud process, but it has been the subject of repetitious misinformation and protests over its now 19-month (and still running) course.

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Talking JEDI and Why U.S. Warfighters Need It NOW!

John B. Wood
September 3, 2019

In light of the continued handwringing and misinformation around Pentagon’s JEDI, and DoD’s latest fact-checking, I wanted to take this opportunity to address the contract.

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The Alliance for Digital Innovation: Supporting Public Sector Innovation and Acquisition Reform

John B. Wood
May 22, 2019

The Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI) is a new, independent voice calling for greater use of commercial innovation and emerging technologies throughout government.  ADI was founded by like-minded technology companies and industry thought leaders wanting to promote positive change in how the public sector views, acquires, and utilizes innovative technology.  

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A Night of Female Empowerment at the TAPS Captain Marvel Screening

John B. Wood
April 9, 2019

Recently, Telos had the honor of hosting TAPS families, members of the U.S. Air Force, and Telos employees and their families at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for a screening of the blockbuster movie Captain Marvel.

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Addressing the Cyber Workforce Shortage and Supporting FIRST Tech Challenge

John B. Wood
March 19, 2019

One solution to the cyber workforce shortage that I stress often is starting STEM education earlier, as it generates interest, introduces students to a career opportunity they may not have known otherwise (especially for young girls), and creates a knowledge base that will ultimately help students as they continue their education.

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A Real-World Look at Education and the “Cybersecurity Workforce Gap”

John B. Wood
March 6, 2019

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recently published a report on “The Cybersecurity Workforce Gap” that contains a number of well-documented statements describing the challenges organizations face in hiring cybersecurity professionals with the needed skillsets.

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Tampa Bay Frogman Swim Honors the Fallen and Benefits Naval Special Warfare Foundation

John B. Wood
January 28, 2019

It is always a privilege to be able to support this event and the families of America’s fallen heroes. Thank you and congratulations to all who participated in the Frogman Swim this year.

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Cheering for Loudoun Teams Competing in the CyberPatriot Challenge

John B. Wood
November 26, 2018

Telos Corporation is proud to sponsor 17 teams from the Academies of Loudoun in the 11th CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

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Our Rising Star: Recognizing Young Talent in the Workplace

John B. Wood
November 16, 2018

We are thrilled that one of our own, Danielle Lauhoff, was recognized in the 2018 class of Rising Stars.

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Veterans Day 2018 – A celebration of heroes in the workplace.

John B. Wood
November 9, 2018

This Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor the contributions our heroes continue to make long after leaving the service.

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September 11, 2018 – A Reflection on American Resilience

John B. Wood
September 11, 2018

As we recognize the 17th anniversary of these attacks, I am reminded of the personal losses I suffered that day, as well as the heroic stories of so many. I think about the journey of grief and healing.

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Telos Internship Program – Preparing Future Generations for the Workforce

John B. Wood
August 22, 2018

As another summer internship program comes to an end, I want to take the time to say how proud I am of what our interns have learned and accomplished.

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Girl Scouts’ Cybersecurity Initiative Provides Hope for Cyber Workforce Gender Deficit

John B. Wood
August 17, 2018

Telos partner Palo Alto Networks has teamed up with Girl Scouts USA to create 18 national cybersecurity badges for girls in grades K-12.

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Telos and AWS: Proud of Our Partnership, Looking Forward to the Public Sector Summit

John B. Wood
June 11, 2018

I am proud that Telos Corporation is a Diamond Sponsor of this year’s AWS Worldwide Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C.  It’s a reflection of our commitment to our partnership with AWS, which has grown exponentially over the past two-and-a-half years. Just last month we were honored to have Teresa

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AWS, Google and Microsoft in Agreement on the State of Cloud Security and Compliance

John B. Wood
December 7, 2017

Note: This piece originally appeared on the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Blog on December 5, 2017.   At the second annual NVTC Capital Cybersecurity Summit, I was privileged to moderate an amazing panel discussion on “The State of Cloud Security and Compliance: Dispelling the Myth of Cloud Insecurity.” What made

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Connecting with Our Veterans

John B. Wood
November 10, 2017

You may not have a personal connection to the military, but you don’t need that connection to truly be grateful for the sacrifices our military and their families make to protect our country.

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Survey Says: Frameworks Are Good, Compliance Could Be Better

John B. Wood
September 26, 2017

This year at AWS Public Sector Summit, the Telos team conducted a survey of the public sector technology community. I’m happy to announce we’ve released the results of that survey in the 2017 Public Sector Cyber Risk Management Report.

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Ensuring our security; celebrating our freedom

John B. Wood
July 3, 2017

The Cogswell Award for outstanding industrial security achievement is especially meaningful to Telos because it reflects key components of our Core Values – integrity and trust.

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Statement on the Cybersecurity Executive Order

John B. Wood
May 11, 2017

Earlier today, President Trump signed the long awaited “Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.” Even the most rigorous processes for managing modern cyber threats require a foundation of modern technology. Today’s cybersecurity executive order is an important step forward in the modernization of

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Thanksgiving Note

John B. Wood
November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving could not have come at a better time.

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Federal CISO Faces Big Challenges – Let’s Keep Politics Out of It

John B. Wood
September 22, 2016

Let’s hope the next Administration rises above their own politics, and keeps the momentum going in protecting our national cyber security.

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On Behalf of a Grateful Nation

John B. Wood
May 27, 2016

  “On behalf of a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.” These are words that many of us will recognize from scenes in the movies or dramatic TV shows, but will never really know.  Today, I

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Challenging Presidential Candidates to Strengthen Cyber Security and Risk Management

John B. Wood
May 23, 2016

How cyber insurance and the NIST cyber security framework (CSF) can promote better risk management.

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The Virginia Cyber Security Commission – An Insider’s View

John B. Wood
May 17, 2016

The Commission served to shine a bright light on the challenges facing Virginia. We made a number of recommendations that led to subsequent actions by the Governor and General Assembly, improving Virginia’s cyber security posture.

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The President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan

John B. Wood
March 3, 2016

A Realistic Look at What the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) Can Achieve, and What Else is Needed President Obama recently announced a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which combines short-term actions and a long-term strategy to help protect our nation, our businesses, and our citizens from cyber-attacks. In

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#CourageCaps Bring Smiles to Families of the Fallen

John B. Wood
January 27, 2016

Courage Caps and t-shirts go on sale TODAY, Jan 27th with 100% of proceeds benefiting TAPS. This is the third year Telos has presented the Courage Caps program, in collaboration with Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation and the Washington Capitals. In that period of time, Courage Caps has raised nearly $300,000 for TAPS, and we look forward to increasing that total with this year’s campaign!

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Government Turns to Private Sector for Cyber Security Insight

John B. Wood
January 8, 2016

This morning, the federal government turned to the private sector for insights into cyber security. Telos CEO John B. Wood had the privilege of speaking before the Congressional Subcommittees on Research and Technology and Oversight at a hearing titled Cyber Security: What the Federal Government Can Learn from the Private Sector.

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Bonnie Carroll and TAPS: Servant Leader and National Treasure

John B. Wood
December 1, 2015

Along with her world class team at TAPS, Bonnie Carroll helps pull survivors out of the darkest moments they will ever know, and shows them a path to hope and healing. TAPS is the heart of America’s family, and Bonnie is truly a national treasure.

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Congratulating a Cyber Security Leader – Dr. Ron Ross

John B. Wood
October 12, 2015

Last week, our friend and public sector colleague Dr. Ron Ross received the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for his tireless public work in federal cyber security.  On behalf of myself and Telos, I’d like to offer a hearty congratulations to Dr. Ross. It’s an impressive resume. 

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OPM Breach and Cyber – Less Talk, More Action

John B. Wood
June 25, 2015

When are we going to realize that defending our nation in cyberspace requires a long-term national effort and commitment, much like the Space Race? We have a cyber race to the moon on our hands, and we are falling behind.

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Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Includes Telos Director John Maluda

John B. Wood
May 29, 2015

Earlier this month, my good friend and colleague, Maj Gen John Maluda (ret.), was honored for his extraordinary career when he was inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame.

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Memorial Day 2015 – Reflections on the Cost of Freedom

John B. Wood
May 27, 2015

Each Memorial Day since 2012, I have had the privilege of attending TAPS’ National Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. And each year, it has been an even more deeply moving experience than the year before.

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Trout Unlimited VSP – Veterans and Spouses Find Hope in the Water

John B. Wood
April 30, 2015

For the last few years, Telos has provided funding for Trout Unlimited’s Veterans Service Partnership (VSP), which provides veterans with hope, rehabilitation, and camaraderie through the healing power of water. The program has been a wonderful success; to date, TU Chapters across the country have helped nearly 7,000 wounded veterans, donating over 60,000 volunteer hours. VSP also provides fishing retreats for veterans with physical and emotional scars, and their spouses.

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Collaborative Innovation

John B. Wood
March 31, 2015

A program based on a public-private-education template would allow us to find real solutions to real problems, while cultivating a pipeline of graduates with advanced STEM degrees in this critical field of cyber and information security.

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Telos Supports the Tampa Bay 2015 Frogman Swim

John B. Wood
February 9, 2015

For the second year, Telos was a corporate sponsor for this three-mile swim across Tampa Bay, commemorating the fallen members within the Naval Special Warfare Community, and raising money for the Naval Special Warfare Foundation

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Protected: The House That LPTA Built

John B. Wood
May 12, 2014

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Protected: Efficient and Effective Solutions for Our Nation’s Airports

John B. Wood
October 30, 2012

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Protected: STEM + the Arts = STEAM

John B. Wood
May 7, 2012

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Protected: A 20 Year Success Story

John B. Wood
February 23, 2012

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Spear Phishing: Dont Take the Bait!

John B. Wood
January 16, 2012

The internet is swarming with malicious hackers, looking for easy targets. Keep your eyes open for phishing and spear phishing attacks, and when in doubt… don’t click the link!

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Protected: Network Intrusion Attempts and the Bigger Picture of Cyberwar

John B. Wood
November 17, 2010

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Protected: My “Double Bottom Line”

John B. Wood
August 25, 2010

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Protected: The Importance of STEM Education

John B. Wood
June 21, 2010

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