Norwich University names George J. Silowash new chief information security officer

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Norwich University has named George J. Silowash the new chief information security officer, a critical position in the university’s overall cybersecurity posture. Silowash will take on the role beginning December 5, 2016.

A published security professional who has been in the cybersecurity business since 2002, Silowash has taught in Norwich’s online Master of Science in Information Security Assurance program since 2010 and recently served as associate director. He is also a graduate of that program. In this new position, Silowash will maintain those responsibilities as CISO.

“Norwich University has consistently been at the forefront of computer security training and education for over a decade and a half,” Vice President for Student Affairs and Technology Frank Vanecek said. ”In this ever-changing field of cyber security, the addition of George Silowash will assure that Norwich remains a leader.”

Silowash is responsible for developing and updating Norwich University information security policy and the coordination of information security efforts across the university. The CISO leads security risk assessment efforts and is responsible for the university’s security awareness and training program.  The CISO also advises and collaborates with university units on chain of trust agreements, business continuity and disaster recovery plans, and audit and governmental compliance practices. Silowash is also responsible for the forensics examination of digital material collected during university investigations.