John Bumgarner is the Research Director for Security Technology and Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, an independent, non-profit research organization that investigates the strategic and economic consequences of cyber attacks. He has over 20 years of work experience in information security, military special operations, intelligence, and physical security. His private sector certifications include CISSP, GIAC (Gold), and duel Masters degrees in Information Systems Management and Security Management.
In John's work as a security researcher, he has discovered many widely discussed cyber vulnerabilities, uncovered many previously undetected cyber attacks, and invented important new cyber-attack techniques. He has served as an expert source for national and international news organizations, including Business Week, BBC, CBS, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian in London. His articles have appeared in the journal of the Information System Security Association, the Homeland Security Journal, the Information Operations Journal, the Counter Terrorist magazine, the Asia-Pacific Defense Forum and other leading security publications.
John is the author of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit's much-acclaimed analysis of the August 2008 cyber campaign against Georgia. He is also the co-author, along with Scott Borg, of the US-CCU Cyber Security Check List, which is currently used by cyber security professionals in over eighty countries.
John is a popular speaker, who has addressed many conventions and conferences, including the Network Centric Warfare conference in Brussels, the Cyber Defense conference in Denmark, the Cyber Conflict Policy and Legal conference in Estonia, the World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit in Ireland, the Cyber Warfare conference in London, and the National Defense Industrial Association Cyber Security Symposium in the United States.
The institutions where he has been a guest lecturer include the Center on Terrorism and Irregular Warfare at the Naval Postgraduate School and the International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School. He is featured in the International Spy Museum's "Weapons of Mass Disruption" cyber warfare exhibit in Washington, D.C.
During his distinguished military career he received approximately three dozen decorations and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.