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John Caruthers

Executive Advisor, Evotek and Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

John Caruthers retired from the FBI after 27 years of service in 2019. During his time in the FBI, John supported the Whitewater investigation; investigated the Arellano-Felix Mexican drug cartel; coordinated the Crimes Against Children program; served as San Diego’s Innocent Images coordinator; served as the FBI’s primary ICS/SCADA Threat Coordinator; and spent time in Russia, Ukraine and The Netherlands. John’s last role in the FBI was as Supervisory Special Agent of FBI San Diego’s Cyber National Security Squad, as well as Partnership/Engagement Coordinator.

Subsequent to leaving the FBI, John was hired as Illumina’s Director of Cybersecurity. In this capacity, he leads a team of cybersecurity professionals located around the world, including Singapore, the UK, and multiple locations in the US. John also founded an LLC, HAK-iQ, which is used to raise awareness in all communities via his daily email (The Daily Digest), which highlights current events in the cybersecurity space.

John has been recognized for his leadership abilities on multiple occasions (FBI Director – Leadership Award(s)) and currently maintains 2 GIAC certifications (GSIF and GSLC).


  • Information and CyberSecurity


  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Public Sector


  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Illumina
  • San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE)
  • SIM San Deigo