Information Security: But Why?


Join Helen as she explores what it means to work in Information Security.  Learn about Women in Information Security Ė what kinds of people choose this career? Then, think about how to successfully manage the security of your own Information.  Along the way, youíll learn why our society needs women and men to think broadly about information security risks and threats, and how to manage them.



With more than 23 years of experience in the Security, Risk and Resiliency profession, Helen Patton (CRISC, CISA) enjoys managing information, technology and operational risk for global organizations, and advocates using Information Risk and Security Management to enable the mission of any Institution.

Since July 2013 Helen has assumed the role of Chief Information Security Officer at The Ohio State University, where she works to enable a risk-aware culture.† She manages the Enterprise Security team, and oversees Information Risk and Control Governance across the university. Prior to working at OSU, Helen spent nine years in a Fortune 50 Financial Services firm, where she was responsible for creating Risk and Resiliency programs and operations which delivered pragmatic risk delivery capabilities.

Helen works to encourage collaboration across and within industries, to enable better information security practices.† She believes in improving diversity in the Information Security profession, and mentors people interested in pursuing a career in Security, Privacy and Risk Management.

Helen has a Masterís degree in Public Policy, and has earned Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified In Risk and Systems Control certifications from ISACA.† She is a member of the State of Ohio Governorís Cybersecurity Advisory Board, a founding board member of the National Technology Security Coalition, an advisory board member of CISOExecNet and is a member of the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee.