Risky Business: Defending Universities at Scale

Thursday, May 05 | 8:00AM–8:45AM ET | Harborside Ballroom B, 4th Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Facilitated Discussion

Join two experienced university CISOs for a discussion on how they have implemented successful cybersecurity strategies. While creating a holistic cybersecurity plan can sometimes feel like a daunting task, building on two main pillars has helped guide our leaders, and they are here to share their stories and best practices. A main principle is to view cybersecurity as risk management, to assess, identify, and make informed decisions based on real-world threat intelligence. Another guiding principle is that cybersecurity takes a village and is about every person, every department being part of their school's cybersecurity success. We’ll share how this extends beyond building bridges internally across the university to extended service and technology providers as well. Micah Czigan, CISO of Georgetown University, and Tina Thorstenson, former ASU deputy CIO and CISO, chat about key successful strategies for navigating today’s complex university environment and the challenges of today's threat landscape.


  • Micah Czigan

    CISO, Georgetown University
  • Tina Thorstenson

    VP, Industry Business Unit, CrowdStrike