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Chief Information Security Officer, State Univeristy of New York (SUNY) System Administration (SA)


Ken Runyon is the SUNY SA university wide CISO. In this role ken provides leadership and support to each SUNY campus in areas relating to information security, enterprise risk management, and compliance. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing the SUNY SOC and continues to provide oversight and information security guidance to the SOC with regard to future initiatives and operations. In line with his leadership role, he established SUNY’s first university wide information security working group (ISWG) to improve communications and information sharing within the broad SUNY information security community. These monthly meetings provide a venue for the identification of future technologies and better enables SUNY to leverage expertise available throughout the broader organization. As a subject matter expert, he was part of a handpicked team that crafted the SUNY board of trustees’ first u-wide information security policy. He routinely presents information security topics at SUNY sponsored technology events and enjoys sharing his experience and learning from others. His background includes a wide array of practical experience that lends itself to cybersecurity. This experience includes training as an electronic warfare/cryptologic linguist (Russian), intelligence officer (SIGINT), signal officer (telecommunications), and information systems management officer (computing) in the U.S. army, N.Y. army guard, and army reserve. During his career ken worked as a software engineer for several consulting firms and software vendors (Sybase/PowerBuilder, Silverstream software, and Novell) while living in the Washington dc metro area throughout the 90’s until taking a position at SUNY as a senior java developer in late 2003. His interest in cyber security began in the 1990’s when he became the data networking branch chief for the 311th theater signal command where he designed and implemented secure data networks in support of us army operations in Korea and south east Asia. As a java software engineer, he worked with the National Security Agency (NSA) and helped design their first secure web/java-based signals intelligence reporting portal. During OIF/OEF (2007-2008) he deployed in support of the 311th theater sustainment command out of ft. Bragg as their information management division chief where he established the unit’s secure SharePoint portal, secure ftp, and secure adobe connect, while supervising help desk support operations for over 30,000 distributed users. During this same time, in close coordination with the 335th theater network operations and security center (TNOSC), he engineered the first SIPRNET connection to the Sinai Peninsula in support of us military operations in that region. He recently retired from the us army reserves after serving as an adjunct professor for the us army command and general staff college responsible of training operations throughout New England, New York, and new jersey. urna nunc.