Prior to entering the information security field, John worked for over two decades in legal research and private investigations, providing open-source research, surveillance, court testimony, undercover operations and other investigatory work of all types. John acted as the director of investigations and lead investigator for two well-known regional investigation companies for over a decade, before starting his own investigations firm.
John's background as both a private investigator and cyber threat intelligence analyst make him uniquely suited to share a well-rounded perspective on open-source investigations and other forms of research.
John assisted with the development of the SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis course.
He is a member of both the SANS GIAC Advisory Board and the SANS Open Source Intelligence Summit Advisory Board, and holds the GIAC GCIA and GREM certifications as well as the CISSP. John is also active within the information security and investigative communities.
John is an avid outdoorsman and in his free time may be found camping, mountain biking, kayaking or doing other such activities as far from civilization as possible.