Alissa Johnson, PhD

CISO (former Deputy CIO for the White House)

Dr. Alissa Johnson, the former deputy chief information officer at the White House, is now chief information security officer at Stryker Corp., a multibillion-dollar medical technology firm based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At Stryker, she leads and oversees all activities globally relating to information security across the company including standards and governance around information security related to products.

Dr. Johnson spent three years in the White House, beginning in March 2012, helping modernize the Executive Office of the President's IT systems, using cloud services and virtualization, employing new cybersecurity strategies, and chairing Boards across the EOP to enhance technology. Johnson was also active in DigitalGov, the collaborative office within the General Services Administration that pushes federal agencies to embrace social networks.

Dr. Johnson has experience growing and managing IT programs and developing IT solutions for various government agencies, including information technology management, cyber security, systems engineering and program management.

Previously, she served as associate vice president for the Enterprise Solutions Division at Catapult Technology, responsible for the management and oversight of major contracts within the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Prior to that position, she worked at Lockheed Martin Corporation as a deputy chief technology officer and solutions architect. She began her career with the Department of Defense as a cryptologic mathematician and has worked as a systems and network engineer at intelligence and defense agencies as well as private sector companies.

Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in Information Technology Management from Capella University; an M.S. in Telecommunications and Computer Networks from The George Washington University; and a B.S. in Mathematics from Savannah State University. She has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at multiple universities and has developed and/or taught numerous courses within information technology, business, and mathematics.

During her free time, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with her family, and playing violin and piano.