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BYU names new chief information security officer

Brigham Young University has named Tracy Flinders as the new chief information security officer responsible for protecting the university’s information.

“Our campus systems and information are constantly being attacked and must be protected, but we must also accomplish our university mission and get our work done,” said Kelly Flanagan, BYU's Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. “The proper balance of these two efforts is critical, and Tracy is just the right person to provide it. Tracy is an experienced leader and manager who doesn’t panic or overreact during difficult moments. He will provide leadership that will put BYU on a firm IT security foundation, but will also safely guide the campus community through inevitable security incidents.”

As CISO, Flinders will establish and oversee a cybersecurity program for the university that covers communications, applications and infrastructure. 

Flinders is a seasoned executive leader with 28 years in the IT industry. He most recently worked as a managing director of BYU OIT’s Business Support organization.

Flinders holds a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from BYU, where he also played on the men’s baseball team.

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