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IU security expert earns 2017 EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award

Nonprofit organization commends Associate Vice President Mark Bruhn for his decades of visionary work in the higher education security field

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Mark Bruhn, Indiana University’s associate vice president for public safety and institutional assurance, is the recipient of the 2017 EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award. He and the other 2017 recipients will be honored at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 31–November 3, in Philadelphia.

In bestowing the award, EDUCAUSE (a nonprofit association for IT leaders and professionals in higher education) cited Bruhn’s “wide-ranging and tireless efforts in leading and advancing the critical work of the higher education security community.”

Mark Bruhn
Mark Bruhn

During his 30-plus years at Indiana University, Bruhn has shown visionary leadership, leading to IU’s national prominence in the areas of technology and information security, policy, and privacy.

“I very much appreciate the award from EDUCAUSE, and the people there who work to create a context that facilitates collaboration in higher education,” Bruhn said. “The award is really a recognition of the work of a lot of people at IU, from engaged and interested university leadership to security staff who accept that while we are very creative, give and take with colleagues elsewhere is a necessary strategy to improve security for us all.”

In his IU career, Bruhn has served in several positions of increasing responsibility to meet the continually shifting and expanding security landscape. He is currently the executive responsible for information security, privacy, and policy for IU.

In addition, since 2009 he has also led the consolidation of important areas of safety and security by taking an “all threats” role for more than 130,000 faculty, staff, and students on IU’s campuses around the state, including:

  • emergency management
  • environmental health and safety
  • law enforcement
  • events management
  • physical security

Bruhn played a leading role in creating a national information-sharing and analysis center to serve the higher education community. In 2002, he co-founded the Research and Educational Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or REN-ISAC, based at Indiana University. This organization provides critical threat information to institutions, along with recommendations on mitigating these risks.

Over the span of his career, Mark has been a voice of clarity and authority for security issues in higher education and a role model for others in the IT profession.

Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for IT and CIO

As a testament to Bruhn’s executive oversight and community-driven approach to improving cybersecurity, REN-ISAC has grown substantially—from 60 institutions in 2006 to over 560 institutions in 2017—and has dramatically changed the way the higher education community shares security information across institutions.

He is an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University and was instrumental in the creation of the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, or CACR, where he serves as the associate director.

Finally, Bruhn was part of a group that helped launch the EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference in 2004, and through his involvement with CACR, he established an annual Indiana statewide security conference that has served as a model for other regions.

“Over the span of his career, Mark has been a voice of clarity and authority for security issues in higher education and a role model for others in the IT profession,” said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for IT and CIO. “Cited for his generosity of spirit and his ability to foster strong partnerships and bring people together around a common cause, Mark exemplifies the qualities of a true leader in our community.”

As the EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award recipient, Bruhn received a $3,000 contribution to the fund of his choice. The contribution in Bruhn’s name will be split evenly and go to “The Sgt. Tim Lewis Memorial Fund,” which is used to support students accepted into the Indiana University Police Academy, and the Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Bedford, Ind.