Senior Executive Service John Felker, DHS (RET.)
Executive Director for Cyber Security
Building upon a long career in government and the private sector, John Felker works with senior leaders to see and understand the big cybersecurity picture, the risk, and the business impact of cyber threats. He brings wide-ranging leadership, organizational and business experiences that can help you prepare for the worst, help understand and address the issues, and ultimately, succeed. Felker is the former Assistant Director for Integrated Operations, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) where he brought focus to integrated operations across the Agency that extended to Regional CISA elements, intelligence, operational planning and mission execution with emphasis on risk mitigation and response efforts.
He previously served as the Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center from 2015 to 2019. Prior to joining CISA, Felker worked as Director of Cyber and Intelligence Strategy for HP Enterprise Services and in a 30-year career, served as Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command; Commander, Coast Guard Cryptologic Group, as Executive Assistant to the Director of Coast Guard Intelligence and commanded the cutters CAPE UPRIGHT and RED CEDAR.
He serves as a Senior Fellow at the McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security at Auburn University, as a Senior Advisor to the Maritime Transportation System ISAC, as a Senior Advisor to S-RM an international cyber intelligence, response and resilience company and as a member of National Technology Security Coalition’s Advisory Council. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, the Boards of Advisors for the Military Cyber Professionals Association, and the Cyber Security Forum Initiative.
His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
A sought-after cybersecurity and leadership expert, Felker is a frequent speaker at national and international cybersecurity conferences.
Felker graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science and earned his Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and has co-authored several papers on cyber intelligence under the auspices of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.