Meet Your InfoSec Team: Peter L. Jones, Information Security Analyst

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Peter L. Jones, information security analyst, monitors for security vulnerabilities on the tens of thousands of devices in the WashU environment. Peter and the vulnerability management team keep track of everything from simple devices like phones to critical systems and servers by using regular scans and monitoring. His role involves problem-solving and decision-making, including determining […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Joey Smith, Information Security Analyst III 

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Joey Smith, Information Security Analyst III, works in the OIS Clinical Operations team, focusing on the School of Medicine and the Medical Campus. Joey uses tools to identify and monitor unmanaged devices on the WashU network. This effort assists in ongoing projects like asset management and network asset control (NAC). Joey enjoys IT and security […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Nick Fredrick, GRC Security Analyst 

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Nick Fredrick, GRC Security Analyst I, is one of the newest additions to the Office of Information Security. After earning his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from St. Louis University, Nick interned for our Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) team, where he was eventually hired as a full-time analyst. Throughout his time at WashU, […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Steve Bochte, Information Security Architect

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Steve Bochte, Information Security Architect, brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the InfoSec team. Steve remembers being interested in IT and security as a grade-schooler, and these fields still appeal to his love for fixing things and improving processes today. After taking the CISSP exam in 2007, he started exploring the world of […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Shane Powell, Information Security Architect

Shane Powell, Information Security Architect, is one of the newest members of the InfoSec team here at WashU. Originally, Shane is from Texas, but after many years of visiting St. Louis with his wife, they decided to move here in 2016. In his day-to-day work here, Shane “communicates with various groups throughout the university and […]

Meet Your Infosec Team: GRC Analyst Trainees 

Our Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) team is fortunate to have three GRC Analyst Trainees this summer who are assisting with various InfoSec efforts. We are excited to have them on our team and would like to introduce you to each of them.   Lindsey Wichman  Lindsey Wichman is currently majoring in Computer Science with a […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Hannu Turri, Cloud Security Architect

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Hannu Turri, cloud security architect, is an integral part of the InfoSec team at WashU. Hannu comes to us from Finland, where he first served in the military and transitioned into IT, working as a CISO. After attending an AWS re:Invent event in Las Vegas, where he met his future wife a few years ago, […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Armin Toric, Information Security Analyst I

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Armin Toric, Information Security Analyst I, is passionate about “protecting the university from cyber villains!” After attending St. Louis Community College and Ranken Technical College, Armin took advantage of CompTIA certifications and other cybersecurity boot camps. He took the initiative to obtain his Network+, Security+, and CySA+ certifications to build his skills around topics like […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Adam Coyle, Information Security Analyst I

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Adam Coyle, Information Security Analyst I, believes that information security is becoming one of the most critical roles in any organization. Over the first nine years at WashU on the Deskside Support team, Adam became fascinated with information security and the strides the university takes to become more secure. His current role as a security […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Madeline Quigley, Cybersecurity Awareness and Culture Specialist

Madeline Quigley, Cybersecurity Awareness and Culture Specialist, is the newest member of the Cybersecurity Awareness, Behavior, and Culture team. Madeline spent her childhood in Rhode Island and moved to St. Louis to attend Maryville University from 2018 – 2021, earning a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity with a minor in Creative Writing. Madeline has resided in […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Richard Edwards IV, GRC Analyst II

Since Richard Edwards IV, Governance Risk and Compliance Security Analyst II, began working in IT, security has been his top interest. For one, he enjoys how information security challenges him to keep learning. He also noticed a trend: As technology becomes more incorporated into everyday life, so too do threats and vulnerabilities to our technology. […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Victor Tinsley, GRC Security Analyst

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Victor Tinsley, Governance Risk and Compliance Security Analyst I, has always been curious about how malicious actors manipulate a target environment. How do they devise new ways to exploit a system? Following his interest, he pursued a Bachelor of Science with a focus on information security. Aside from having interest in the field, Victor believes […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Brian Allen, Information Security Director

Brian Allen, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Information Security Director, “plays defense for WashU” by overseeing the Incident Response* and Vulnerability Management teams. Throughout his career, he has fostered connections at WashU and in the InfoSec community at large. Dependable working relationships are essential to Brian because he sees “InfoSec as a department […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Andrew Duba, Information Security Analyst III

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Andrew Duba, Information Security Analyst III, is a member of the Digital Forensics and Incident Response Team. During conversations about his job, “most people think of what they see in movies and TV.” These depictions often embellish what the job is like, so “it can be tough to demystify and make it more accessible.” Realistically, […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Greg Whipple, Information Security Analyst III

Greg Whipple

Greg Whipple, Information Security Analyst III, is new to the Digital Forensics and Incident Response Team. In his role, Greg will perform forensic analysis of log data to further investigations into potential system compromises. Greg will also recommend ways to improve our processes and tools. Greg started his journey in information security with the US […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Brett McFadden, Information Security Analyst II

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Brett McFadden, Information Security Analyst II, originally wanted to be a website designer. After taking a few classes in web development, he concluded that CSS – a style sheet language used by effective web developers – can only be understood by “wizards.” After consulting with a friend, Brett decided to investigate the cybersecurity program at […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Clark Huskey, Information Security Analyst

Clark Huskey, Information Security Analyst III, started his journey in information security as an amateur radio broadcaster. In his youth, Clark tinkered with personal computers and radio broadcasting equipment. Specifically, his family used citizen band radios with a large antenna to broadcast their own bulletin board service, Silver Fox BBS, until someone hacked their broadcast. […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: David Puzder, Information Security Analyst

David Puzder is our newest information security team member. David hails from Ohio and is a recent graduate of the University of Dayton. He splits his time as an Information Security Analyst between Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) and Information Security Awareness, Behavior, and Culture. With the GRC, he will identify internal and third-party risks […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Jason Murray, Assistant Director and Architect of Digital Forensics and Incident Response

Jason Murray - Assistant Director and Architect of Digital Forensics and Incident Response

Jason Murray, Assistant Director and Architect of Digital Forensics and Incident Response, describes his role as the leader of “a team of talented Security Analysts who defend the university from cyber villains.” Throughout his career, he’s subscribed to the design principle, “build it secure,” considering the methods hackers might use to exploit flaws and access […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Quint Smith, Information Security Training and Communications Manager

For the past three years, Quint Smith, Information Security Training and Communications Manager, has been building and managing the InfoSec marketing, communications, and culture program. He aims to encourage an informed, aware, and empowered user community, resilient to the continually evolving cyber threat landscape. He says, “information security is an arms race, and technical defenses […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Bob Therina, Information Security Analyst II

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Bob Therina, Information Security Analyst II, came to Information Security after training and working in Computer Technology and the IT-sphere more broadly. He humbly reports that he sees himself as a generalist rather than an expert, capable of working across the IT space, building bridges between colleagues with deep expertise in a variety of areas. […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Christina Pomianek-Smith, Policy and Risk Analyst

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Information security involves solving complex problems, incorporating diverse perspectives to address the technical, legal, social, and behavioral dimensions of the digital era. Christina Pomianek-Smith’s recent move into information security demonstrates the multidisciplinary demands of the field. She is a cultural anthropologist by training (PhD, University of Missouri—Columbia, 2012), with research interests in trust, cooperation, and […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: James Gagliarducci, Information Security Director

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James Gagliarducci, Director of Information Security, an electrical engineer by training and a security whiz by experience and certification, started out designing radar systems for the Department of Defense. He joined WashU IT as a network engineer in the 90s. Remembering those days, James says, “I loved it.” When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Michael Mayer, Information Security Analyst

Michael Mayer InfoSec Analyst

Michael Mayer is an Information Security Analyst II working in Governance, Risk, and Compliance. This part of our office is a critical component of our information security posture. Michael cooperates with researchers and other university offices in support of safe and ethical research. He works with the Institutional Review Board to evaluate security requirements for […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Betsy Ball, Information Security Architect

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Betsy Ball is a highly experienced IT professional with more than 30 years of experience, including work in user support as well as server, network, and firewall administration. In her role at WashU, she serves as an Information Security Architect, working with the Risk Assessment team on IT infrastructure assessment and supporting the Cybersecurity Maturity […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Denise Woodward, Information Security Manager

Denise Woodward is an Information Security Manager in Governance, Risk, and Compliance for our Office of Information Security. She has 27 years of experience in IT, 22 of which are in information security. She got her start in information security working on the Help Desk of A.G. Edwards & Sons and has enjoyed solving problems […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Kevin Hardcastle, WashU Associate CISO

Kevin Hardcastle, a long-time leader in information security has been instrumental in keeping WashU secure. Kevin was first drawn to IT while studying at Missouri State, where he received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems. He has 36 years of experience in information technology, including 21 years of experience in information security. He began […]

Meet Your Infosec Team: Chief Information Security Officer, Chris Shull

On June 1, 2021, Chris Shull assumed the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Washington University in St. Louis. He comes to WashU from Huron Consulting Group, which is working on several other projects at WashU. Chris has joined Joe Susai, the CISO for the School of Medicine, and Kevin Hardcastle, Associate CISO […]