CSIAC Webinar - DoD Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
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Established in 2016 by the Secretary of Defense, and born out of Hack The Pentagon, the Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) operates to strengthen the security of the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Network (DoDIN) by crowdsourcing the discovery of cyber-based vulnerabilities. It is the largest single disclosure program in the world with over two-thousand active researchers discovering twenty-three thousand vulnerabilities in less than four years; providing an additional layer to the Department’s defense-in-depth cybersecurity strategy.  The VDP mission is to act as the single DoD focal point for receiving crowdsourced cybersecurity vulnerabilities on the DoDIN to improve network defenses and enhance mission assurance by embracing a previously overlooked yet indispensable resource: private-sector white hat researchers. The success of the program relies solely on expertise and support from the security researcher community which contributes to the overall security of the Department.  Ultimately, VDP will drive an increase in the DoDIN’s cyber hygiene with the objective of ensuring that the DoD can accomplish its mission to defend the United States of America.

Mr. Kristopher Johnson serves as Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP), DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

Mr. Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18 and spent six years as an Airborne Radar Technician on board the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft; deploying multiple times in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and protecting the skies above our nation with Operation Noble Eagle.

After his honorable discharge from Active Duty, Mr. Johnson spent the next sixteen years serving in various roles throughout the Federal Government and private industry including as Network Division Chief, U.S Army Northeast Regional Network Enterprise Center, Fort Drum NY; as Pacific Lead Engineer, U.S Army Information Systems Engineering Command, Seoul, South Korea; as Director of IT, Office of Security Cooperation - Iraq, Tikrit, Iraq; as Systems Engineer, Fort Huachuca, AZ; and Senior Wireless Engineer, Telos Corporation, Ashburn, VA.

In addition to holding several prominent information technology certifications Mr. Johnson is Acquisition Level III certified in Information Technology and Level II in Program Management from the Defense Acquisition University. He is currently growing the next generation of cyber professionals as an Adjunct Professor at American River College.
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