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BYU names new chief information security officer, new chief information privacy officer

Brigham Young University Vice President of Information Technology Tracy Flinders named John Payne as the new chief information security officer and Howard Loos as the new chief information privacy officer responsible for protecting the university’s information.

Payne and Loos started in their new roles on July 1.

“John’s skill set and experience are what the university needs at this point in time as we continue to mature our cybersecurity practice,” Flinders said. “Howard has been a great resource in our privacy efforts and will do a great job leading our continued efforts on this front.”

John Payne and Howard Loos
John Payne and Howard Loos

As the chief information security officer for BYU and participating Church Educational System schools, Payne will be responsible for directing the vision, strategy, programs and personnel of BYU’s Security Operations Center. He will work closely with technology leaders throughout BYU and CES to protect the people, assets and reputation of each institution. 

Payne earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from BYU and has served in a variety of roles with IT in his 21 years at BYU.

As chief information privacy officer, Loos will build BYU’s privacy program, developing appropriate policies and practices that ensure compliance with local, state, federal and international laws and regulations. Loos will continue directing University Records and Information Management.
Loos most recently worked as the director of records and information management in the security operations center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in information management and an MBA from the University of North Dakota. Before BYU, Loos was the director of records and information management at KPMG.

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