John McClurg was recently named Chief Information Security Officer of BlackBerry. As CISO and Senior Vice President, McClurg will lead all aspects of BlackBerry's global information security programs. McClurg will be responsible for identifying, evaluating and reporting on information security risks to the executive team, and he’ll serve as a company evangelist of best practices in cybersecurity at security conferences worldwide.
John’s been all around the world (twice) and has likely forgotten more things about securing data than most of us will have the good fortune to learn. We met up with him at the New York Stock exchange at the heart of the BlackBerry World Tour to find out his thoughts on what the future will hold for the company.
About John McClurg
John McClurg is the Chief Information Security Officer at BlackBerry. In this role, he leads all aspects of BlackBerry’s information security program globally, ensuring the development and implementation of cybersecurity policies and procedures.
John comes to BlackBerry from Cylance, where he served for three years as Vice President and Ambassador-At-Large. Previously he served as Chief Security Officer at Dell, and held senior positions with Honeywell International, Lucent Technologies/Bell Laboratories, the U.S. Intelligence Community, the Department of Energy, the FBI, and the CIA. John also Co-Chaired the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the U.S. Department of State, and served as the founding Chairman of the International Security Foundation.
John holds a J.D. degree from Brigham Young University, MA in Organizational Behavior, BS and BA degrees in University Studies and Philosophy from Brigham Young, and advanced doctoral studies in Philosophical Hermeneutics at UNC-Chapel Hill and UCLA.
You can follow John on Twitter at @JohnMcClurg.
About Matt Stephenson
Insecurity host Matt Stephenson leads the Security Technology team at Cylance, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the host of InSecurity podcast and video series at events all over the world.
Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Stephenson to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come before.
You can follow Matt on Twitter at @packmatt73.