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Introducing our Chief Information Security Officer

The following email was sent to Rutgers IT staff on July 27, 2021.

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rutgers University’s first chief information security officer (CISO), Guy J. Albertini. Guy is an information security expert with more than 15 years of professional security experience and has served for the past five years as the CISO at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida.

During his tenure there, Guy established an enterprise-wide information security governance program, assisted in the development of disaster recovery and business continuity plans, performed security assessments, and instituted industry-standard information-security policies, procedures, and guidelines for the university.

Guy holds a master’s degree in information assurance and security, and has served on multiple information security panels for higher education. Notably, Guy participated in an initiative to establish an information security ecosystem for the state of Florida’s higher education system. He is well connected and well respected in the higher education information security space.

Guy’s appointment as Rutgers’ first CISO comes at a time when cyberattacks against universities and other large institutions are growing both more frequent and more sophisticated. Ransomware, phishing, and many other cyber-threats can cripple IT systems, cost universities money, and damage institutional reputations. Rutgers needs a leader to head a university-wide cybersecurity program and implement comprehensive policies and tools to ensure the safety of our information resources. I am extremely pleased to have an experienced CISO coming soon to oversee and coordinate our efforts to protect the university’s valuable personal and intellectual property.

I also want to thank the members of the search committee, headed by Associate Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Officer Frank Reda, for their diligent efforts to find the best candidate from a large and strong pool of applicants. The search committee included representation from a wide variety of Rutgers stakeholders and helped us select a candidate who can help the university securely achieve its goals.

Guy, who will have the title of Associate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, will assume his duties on August 16. I know he is eager to build relationships across the university, so please join me in welcoming him to Rutgers.

Michele Norin
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

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