Chief Information Security Officer

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The Ohio State University seeks a dynamic, inspirational, and collaborative executive to serve as its next Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). This is a unique opportunity to lead information security at one of the most respected institutions of higher education in the United States. The Ohio State University is a member of the Association of American Universities and ranks as one of the top public research universities in the country. The Ohio State University’s four regional campuses combine the strengths of the nation's largest land-grant, comprehensive research institution with the experience of small, student-centered, liberal-arts focused institutions.  Additionally, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a multidisciplinary academic medical center located on the Columbus campus. 


Information security is a significant priority for the institution. The CISO is a foundational leader and will have broad visibility and support across the university. The CISO is the information security executive for the university and is responsible for the vision and implementation of the enterprise security strategy, which is designed to serve the university’s academic and research mission.

The CISO reports to the Vice President, Chief Information Officer with a dual report to the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer and leads a department of 60+ employees.  The CISO is responsible for the information security strategy and operations for the central organization.  The CISO will, in partnership with the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, oversee regulatory compliance and provide reports to Senior Leadership and the Board of Trustees as needed.

The CISO works in close collaboration with the Medical Center’s Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer.  Additionally, the CISO partners with research, audit, legal and compliance leaders on security initiatives for the university. Overall, the CISO will continue to develop and lead the highly effective team of information security professionals and the program they support.

The CISO will oversee ongoing activities, programs, and projects that serve to protect institutional data confidentiality, integrity and availability while providing students, patients, faculty, researchers, staff and vendors with secure and reliable access to systems and information. The CISO will lead the evolution of The Ohio State University’s information security standards, controls, training, practices, and reporting.

A key aspect of the CISO’s role is to advance information security practices and policy across the Big Ten Conference, higher education, and the globe. The Ohio State CISO actively publicly speaks, teaches, and leads industry organizations. The Ohio State University is poised to tackle and overcome the next information security opportunity and seeks a CISO to move academics, research, and innovation forward.

The ideal candidate for the CISO position will be a polished executive with a proven track record of success leading information security in a large, complex organization. A sitting CISO or strong Deputy CISO from a comparable complex institution is preferred. They will be viewed as a trusted advisor with broad and diverse experience who is accountable, collaborative and transparent.  Key skill sets necessary to be successful in this role include an ability to engage a diverse group of stakeholders as a strategic partner; establish relationships with leaders and constituents across the campus; and a demonstrated ability to hire and mentor staff. This position requires a dynamic, visible leader with excellent communication skills and the ability to interact effectively at all levels including students, researchers, faculty, staff, deans, administrative leadership and the board.

All nominations and applications will be handled with the utmost professional courtesy and confidentiality. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by June 21, 2021. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, and a letter of application.  Applications, expressions of interest, and nominations are welcome. You may perform any of these activities via the WittKieffer Candidate Portal. For inquiries and additional information please contact Nick Giannas or Zach Durst at 630-575-6956.


The Ohio State University is a premier employer that provides exceptional rewards, including medical, dental, and vision benefits. The university's competitive salaries and benefits packages include generous retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, wellness initiatives, and more. Visit the Office of Human Resources website at for detailed information.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.