Mr. Penrod is currently the Principal Engineer for Transcend Networks, Inc.

John has worked in Information Technology and Security for over 25 years, with ten years focusing on the field of information security and network operations.

John is a Gulf War veteran who served ten years with the United States Navy. Five years of his service were on the USS Forrestal, a US Navy Aircraft Carrier and one year was spent working with Cuban refugees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While in the Navy, John worked with many IT systems ranging from anti-submarine surveillance to cryptology.

After leaving the US Navy in 1997, John spent two years working at Equifax Risk Management as the Manager of Technical Operations. At Equifax Risk Management, John was directly responsible for the technical direction of a 2,000 person call center. This responsibility, included all technical architecture, disaster recovery, operations and IT security.

From 1999 to 2008, John served in various progressing roles at The Weather Channel in Atlanta.  From 2002 to 2008, John was directly responsible for the overall IT security posture of the company first serving as the Network Architect / Director of Network Architecture and then as their first ever Chief Information Security Officer.

In the role of Chief Information Security Officer, John reported to the EVP, CIO of The Weather Channel. In this capacity, John set the long-term vision for The Weather Channel’s information security strategy, policies and practices while planning for and responding to information security threats. ¬†During his tenure as CISO, John worked directly with business and technical groups on issues such as policy, risk management and compliance.

In addition to his role managing security, John was also responsible for the Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity program within TWC.

John is widely regarded as an expert in the field of information technology and has been recognized many times in magazines, articles and newsprint on the work he has done with The Weather Channel and in the technology industry.

John W. Penrod