Anil John


I help organizations optimize and secure their digital infrastructure. I currently work for the U.S. Federal Government on government-wide identity, credential and access management initiatives that impact the security and privacy of Citizen-to-Government, Business-to-Government and Government-to-Government digital interactions.

With many years of leadership and implementation experience, I have extensive hands-on technical expertise, policy experience, the ability to execute and deliver, and the experience to realize that technology by itself is not enough to address and solve the really tough challenges. This experience has helped me deliver solutions that:

  • Deliver business value and mission effectiveness
  • Fits within the organization's operational constraints and policies
  • Uses best practices and approaches
  • Combines cutting edge architecture with current technologies

In my free time I am an avid reader, hiker, backpacker and mountain biker and live in Maryland, USA with my family. I love the following quote and am doing my best to live by it:

That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Biography

After graduate school, I began my career at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company/Constellation Energy as an electrical engineer. During a career that spanned more than a decade, I gained extensive hands-on experience at the network, host and application levels as well as the breadth and depth from architecture to implementation. I have been a system administrator and infrastructure architect who built and secured scalable, fault-tolerant, load balanced, multi-tiered web farms, to a software engineer who has developed everything from shell scripts to complex, distributed, public facing n-tier systems and services.

I was then a successful independent consultant providing technical expertise on enterprise architecture, service orientation and secure software development.

However, I really missed the world of enterprise scale development, deployment and operations. As a result, I joined Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). I worked in a variety of roles and eventually became a Principal Professional Staff with a specialty in identity, credential and access management, service oriented architecture and digital security. During this time, I was also on the adjunct faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, and taught a graduate-level course on Service Oriented Architecture in the University's graduate level computer science program.

During my time at JHU/APL, I worked on multiple projects for a variety of U.S. Government sponsors including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Intelligence Community and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In particular, I was the Technical Lead for the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate's Identity Management Testbed. The Testbed evaluates identity and access control architectures and technologies, provides the infrastructure and engineering resources needed to develop proof-of-concept solutions, and conducts pilot experiments that serve the needs of the multiple DHS Operational Components and their partners at the Federal, State, Local and Tribal levels.

In early 2012, I was offered the opportunity to join U.S. Federal Government Service at the General Service Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy. I accepted and currently work on government-wide identity, credential and access management initiatives that impact the security and privacy of Citizen-to-Government, Business-to-Government and Government-to-Government digital interactions.


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