Transforming Medical Universities With Cloud-Based Cybersecurity Tools

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:00

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The cloud is key to transforming & modernizing IT and cybersecurity for Medical Universities across the country. Cloud computing enables public sector and higher education organizations to carry out their missions with increased speed, scale, and agility. We will discuss how we are solving complex security issues with data, continuous monitoring, protection and early warning.

This webinar, “Transforming Medical Universities with Cloud-Based Cybersecurity Tools,” features Brian Smith-Sweeney, the CISO from CUMC and Cristian Rodriguez, Senior SE at CrowdStrike. Brian has a proven ability to align threat mitigation, compliance requirements, and business objectives to develop and implement effective security strategies at some of the largest private universities in the country. He will be discussing the crucial security issues impacting today’s University organizations and how choosing the best “Next-Gen” endpoint security for your organization can be challenging.

According to the 2018 SANS Endpoint Security Survey, more than 80 percent of known breaches involve an endpoint. That’s why finding the most effective endpoint protection has never been more important.

Join these seasoned experts to learn:

  • A deep dive into real-world examples that demonstrate the unique advantages offered by cloud-powered technologies
  • ​Cybersecurity best practices for securing multi-cloud and enterprises for higher education and state & local governments
  • The advantages of endpoint protection that’s purpose-built for the cloud – why it allows you to take full advantage of the cloud’s power

Brian Smith-Sweeney


Brian Smith-Sweeney was appointed Chief Information Security Officer at Columbia University Medical Center in 2015. He feels incredibly fortunate to have been able to turn something he loves into a 20-year career. Brian enjoys speaking publicly, especially about infosec, and is passionate about data-driven decision making, FUD busting, and building communities.

Brian works with an amazing, diverse, and dedicated team of security professionals at CUMC. With their help he sets direction and provides overall security leadership for the Medical Center with a focus on threat management and HIPAA compliance. Prior to joining the Medical Center Brian held a variety of roles at New York University including Assistant Director of Global Security Operations, heading up a program that spanned twelve countries, and before that he worked as an IT consultant and security professional in both the public and private sector.

Brian has been an active member of the higher education security community and has worked 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 job is as a husband, and a father and personal chef to three awesome kids.

Cristian Rodriguez

Senior Sales Engineer at CrowdStrike


Cristian has worked with some of the largest global enterprise clients. His background includes the implementation and consultation of a variety of security tools, such as Endpoint Security, DLP Platforms, Mobile Security, Proxy and IDS/IPS technologies. Before working with CrowdStrike, Cristian worked with the likes of security resellers, NH&A & FishNet Security (now Optiv) and technology vendors such as Forcepoint, & Zimperium. Cristian lives in Northern VA, with his wife and 3 kids, and loves playing the piano, ukulele and the guitar.​