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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 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.

During his tenure as CEO, Telos has been recognized as a leading cyber company, and is the recipient of the prestigious James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award from the Defense Security Service (DSS), awarded to less than one percent of eligible organizations.

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. In 2014, he was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Cyber Security Commission. He also serves on the boards of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

In addition to his work in technology, the local community and the arts, John’s philanthropic efforts support STEM education, humanitarian relief, children and more. In 2012, John was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of 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” in 2011,  the SmartCEO Cornerstone Award in 2015, the Northern Virginia Chamber and Professional Services Council’s GovCon Executive of the Year in 2018, and NVTC’s Tech 100 Executives List in 2018. Before joining Telos in 1992, John worked on Wall Street after earning his degree in finance and computer science at Georgetown University.

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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