Roger Johnston

Roger Johnston

Company: Right Brain Sekurity

Job Title: CEO/Security Philosopher


Roger G. Johnston, Ph.D., CPP is head of Right Brain Sekurity, a company devoted to security consulting, vulnerability assessments, and R&D.  Roger received his Bachelor’s Degree from Carleton College in 1977, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Colorado in 1983. 

Dr. Johnston was founder and head of the Vulnerability Assessments Teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1985-2007) and Argonne National Laboratory (2007-2015).  He has provided consulting, training, vulnerability assessments, and R&D on security for over 70 companies, NGOs, and government agencies, including IAEA, DoD, DOE/NNSA, NSF, Department of State, and intelligence agencies.

Roger has won numerous awards for his work.  He holds 10 U.S. patents, has authored more than 200 technical papers and book chapters, and has given 90+ invited talks, including 6 Keynote Addresses at national and international conferences.  Dr. Johnston has frequently been interviewed for his views on security by bloggers and journalists. He serves as editor of The Journal of Physical Security.

Roger Johnston Seminars

  • Vulnerability Assessments: Are You REALLY Doing Them? Wed 26th Sep 01:40 - 02:10

    Vulnerability Assessments: Are You REALLY Doing Them?

    Many organizations don’t do vulnerability assessments (VAs), though they may do things that they THINK are VAs. While potentially useful, activities such as penetration testing, “Red Teaming”, security surveys, security audits, compliance checking, feature analyses, threat assessments, Risk Management, DBT, fault/event tree analysis, software assessment tools, etc. are not vulnerability assessments.

    They often fall short of the security benefits that a good VA can provide. This talk discusses why VAs are so important and how to do them. Unconventional security metrics and insider threat mitigation in the context of effective VAs will also be covered. The speaker is a professional vulnerability assessor with 30 years of experience.


    Roger Johnston

    Roger Johnston

    Time / Place

    Wed 26th Sep 01:40 to 02:10

    IoT Security Theatre