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Jason Williams named IU chief information security officer

Williams comes to Indiana University with extensive experience

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—The IU Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO today announced that Jason Williams has been named chief information security officer (CISO) for Indiana University, effective March 7. Williams comes to IU from the role of CISO for the University of California Office of the President, and prior to that director of information security and compliance at the University of Notre Dame.

In his new role, Williams will lead the University Information Security Office (UISO) and report to Information Security Associate Vice President Von Welch. Information Security’s role is to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and delivery systems across the university.

"The integrity of university data and systems is increasingly important as we as a university pursue student success, world-class research, and the grand challenges of making life better for all Hoosiers," said Rob Lowden, IU’s vice president for information technology and CIO. "We welcome Jason as a highly skilled leader who is ready to lead a highly skilled team dedicated to protecting these pursuits."

As cyber risk increases across the globe, universities require dedicated and talented individuals who can balance managing institutional risk while ensuring that IT can serve and support the mission of enabling world-class education and research institutions like IU.

Jason Williams

"As cyber risk increases across the globe, universities require dedicated and talented individuals who can balance managing institutional risk while ensuring that IT can serve and support the mission of enabling world-class education and research institutions like IU," said Williams. "I am excited to be working with a dedicated and talented team and look forward to the opportunity to serve Indiana University."

"I extend my welcome to Jason and my appreciation to Keith Lehigh and all of the UISO leadership for stepping up over the past year during the transition," said Welch. "Keith served stellarly in the interim CISO role and receives my deepest appreciation for his contributions to the UISO and IU."

About cybersecurity at IU

The University Information Security Office provides security analysis, development, education, and guidance related to Indiana University's information assets and information technology environment. The UISO is a member of the IU cybersecurity community, which includes the Research and Education Networks Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC), OmniSOC (higher ed’s shared security operations center), and the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. See leading.iu.edu for more information.