Main Nav

Brian Smith-Sweeney (Columbia University)

Brian Smith-Sweeney
Chief Information Security Officer

New York, New York

Membership Information

ELINon-Member Find Out More


Brian Smith-Sweeney is the Chief Information Security Officer of the Columbia University Medical Center. In that role he sets direction and provides overall security leadership for the Medical Center, primarily focused on threat management and HIPAA compliance. Prior to that he held a variety of security roles at New York University including management of their global security operations team, and in the dim and distant passed he worked as a consultant and security professional in both the public and private sector including a 3-year stint with the Physics Department at the UC Santa Barbara.

Brian is an active member of the higher education security community and has participated on the Internet2 SALSA-CSI2 working group, the REN-ISAC Transitional Board, and the REN-ISAC Microsoft Analysis Team which he chaired. He has also been a regular contributor to the Educause Security Professionals Conference and chaired the 2015 Program Committee.

But those are just his hobbies. His real - and by far favorite - job is as a husband, and a father and personal chef to three awesome kids.

EDUCAUSE Involvement