John Forte currently serves as the Deputy Executive for JHU/APL’s Homeland Protection Mission Area. His programs focus on securing the nation and its interests against asymmetric, terrorist-type attacks of catastrophic consequence through applied technology and systems engineering. Defeating chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapons as well as countering advanced persistent cyber threats is the mission area’s central challenge. John is the Mission Area’s lead in assured communications as well as in understanding and mitigating cyber threats of national importance, to include threats to critical infrastructure and to senior leaders and first responders. His technical areas of focus include: assured networking and communications, situational awareness and monitoring, cyber threat intelligence sharing, integrated and adaptive cyber defense, vehicle cybersecurity, ICS systems security, independent verification and validation of technical solutions and architectures, performance analysis and modeling and simulation, capability modernization and IT efficiency analysis, as well as policy, regulatory and strategic analysis. John’s many sponsors include organizations within the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as authorities and public-private partnerships at the State and Local levels of government. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors to Johns Hopkins University’s Information Security Institute (JHUISI) on various aspects of cybersecurity in support of their focus on research and education in information security, assurance and privacy. John also serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of SC Cyber in advising on the development of talent, techniques, and tools to defend critical, connected infrastructure within South Carolina.
John came to the lab after collecting valuable experience serving in senior leadership and technical positions within the military and in the public and private sectors. John graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and George Washington University with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Communications and Networks. John also attended the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program on Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology.