Cybersecurity - research and academic opportunities for students and faculty!

Leo Howell
Date and time: 
Thu, May 20 2021 - 12:15pm
Leo F. Howell
Chief Information Security Officer, University of Oregon
  • Jun Li

Cybersecurity has been long thought of as a technical challenge for computer science and engineering departments to address. This talk will highlight cybersecurity as a "wicked problem" that needs a complex solution comprised of expertise in computer science, law, psychology, business, and other disciplines to effectively address this problem.


Leo Howell is a visionary information technology leader who is passionate about the "I" in IT as he believes that data leveraged as a strategic asset is a competitive benefit to any organization. Leo currently serves as the chief information security officer for the University of Oregon where he practices his balanced approach to cybersecurity - stop the bad guys and empower the good guys to carry out the organization’s mission. He is responsible for protecting the University’s information systems and data from all adversaries foreign and domestic, and to ensure compliance with laws and regulations. This includes a broad range of functions ranging from Cybersecurity Awareness and Training, Cyber Risk Management, Security Operations, Incident Response and Compliance Management. Previously, he served in cybersecurity and audit leadership at NC State University. Leo received his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Electronics from the University of the West Indies, and his MBA from NC State University. Leo is a Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a proud member of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma.