Chief Information Security Officer

Helen Patton

Helen Patton

With more than 20 years of experience in the Security, Risk and Resiliency profession, Helen Patton (CRISC, CISA) brings a wealth of experience in managing information, technology and operational risk for global organizations, and advocates using Information Risk and Security Management to enable the mission of the 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 University units.  The Security team is responsible for Information Security policies and Standards, as well as providing Security products and services.  Helen chairs the University Information Security Advisory Board, which governs the execution of the University’s award-winning Information Security Framework.

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 to internal and external clients.

Helen works to encourage collaboration across and between 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 Master’s degree in Public Policy, and holds certifications as a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified In Risk and Systems Control, from ISACA.  She is also a member of the State of Ohio Attorney General Cybersecurity Advisory Board, the Information Systems Security Association, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, and the CISO Executive Roundtable.

Email: patton.91@osu.edu