Joe ZurbaCISO, Harvard Medical School
In his role as the leader of Information Security at Harvard Medical School, Joe Zurba has been responsible for defining and building capabilities to meet the requirements of an extraordinarily diverse community of clinical and research faculty, students, and staff. Joe develops strategy, improves capabilities, and manages risk for all information security, Identity and Access Management, and IT compliance efforts across the school. Joe also serves on several committees in his role as the school’s information security leader. He is a non-scientific, voting member of the Harvard Medical School Institutional Review Board (IRB), which oversees human subjects research. He is also a co-chair of Harvard Catalyst subcommittee on Emerging Technologies, Ethics, and Research Data. His expertise is often sought in the creation of University policy, programs, and other initiatives that seek to benefit from his experiences working with biomedical and basic science research. Joe has worked for over 20 years in Information Security roles within Higher education, Health Care, High Tech Manufacturing, and Technology. Prior to his current role, he served as Research Information Security Officer in the Partners Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Office and 11 years previously in information security at Harvard Medical School and Director of IT Security at Harvard University Information Technology. He currently holds certifications as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
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