Bio: Brian Smith-Sweeney

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Bio: Brian Smith-Sweeney

Brian Smith-Sweeney was appointed Chief Information Security Officer at Columbia University Medical Center in 2015. He feels incredibly fortunate to have been able to turn something he loves into a 20-year career. Brian enjoys speaking publicly, especially about infosec, and is passionate about data-driven decision making, FUD busting, and building communities.

Brian works with an amazing, diverse, and dedicated team of security professionals at CUMC. With their help he sets direction and provides overall security leadership for the Medical Center with a focus on threat management and HIPAA compliance. Prior to joining the Medical Center Brian held a variety of roles at New York University including Assistant Director of Global Security Operations, heading up a program that spanned twelve countries, and before that he worked as an IT consultant and security professional in both the public and private sector.

Brian has been an active member of the higher education security community and has worked on the Internet2 SALSA-CSI2 working group, the REN-ISAC Transitional Board, and the REN-ISAC Microsoft Analysis Team which he chaired. He has also been a regular contributor to the Educause Security Professionals Conference and chaired the 2015 program committee.

But those are just his hobbies – his real job is as a husband, and a father and personal chef to three awesome kids.