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David Capps joins CU as Chief Information Security Officer

The University of Colorado welcomes David Capps as the CU System Administration’s chief information security officer (CISO) as part of its ongoing effort to support and increase CU’s overall security posture.David Capps

“I’m excited to join CU and learn more about the security environment here,” Capps said. “Each campus will have unique needs, I’m sure. I see the CISO role as being a trusted partner — meaning first, we have to understand the needs of each campus and its priorities, how security impacts them, and how we can support them as a partner.”

Capps comes to CU after 10 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he served as vice president – director of Technology and Risk Compliance. Previously, he worked at Fordham University as their director of IT Planning and Strategy.

Starting Aug. 30, Capps will oversee the reporting and implementation of technology risk, controls and compliance testing. He will report to CU System Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Scott Munson.

Dan Jones, who served as the CU System Administration CISO for more than 10 years in a part-time capacity while also serving on the Boulder campus, will continue as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Integrity, Safety and Compliance at CU Boulder. Most recently, Jones played a crucial leadership role in Boulder’s COVID response and in CU’s Log4j security response.

“Dan has been an incredible partner to all campuses and system over the years and I cannot thank him enough for his leadership and support,” Munson said. “We’re grateful that he has graciously offered his time and expertise to aid in the transition to a new CISO.”

President Todd Saliman added that he and campus leadership are excited to support the investment CU is making in cybersecurity. “Dan has served CU in so many capacities over the years and I’m truly thankful for his dedication and support. Having people focused on aligning and strengthening cybersecurity across CU is essential to the university’s future. I look forward to supporting David, ensuring CU continues its efforts to improve the cybersecurity program Dan established.”

Capps, who is originally from the Midwest, has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University and an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt University.

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