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Bob Henry is the new chief information security officer. He has more than two decades of experience in information systems and will be working with departments across campus to protect the University’s online information assets.

1. What sparked your interest in information security?
German DVDs stored and served up on a server I was responsible for in 2000. I was a systems administrator responsible for servers running Microsoft Windows and this was the first server I had whacked—that I know of! I decided that knowing how to keep a machine up and running wasn't enough and started learning how to avoid bad stuff and not rely, entirely, on luck. I've been studying information security ever since—a study that has morphed from "technical" security to "behavioral" security.

2.How does being in Silicon Valley influence information privacy and security?
I've only been here 3 months, but Silicon Valley is Geek Mecca. Many of the best information security practitioners and thought leaders in the world live and work around here so I can see them, hear them, and talk to them face-to-face. There are security seminars, workshops, and meetings every week. It is an amazing place to work and learn!

3. Are you a Mac or a PC guy and why?
Linux! Actually I am now using a Mac, I even have an iPhone. My daughter thinks it is hilarious because I teased her about her "dorkintosh" for years. My last computer was a PC—running Linux—and I was a Blackberry guy. I'll use whatever works—or maybe I'm a slave to fashion!

4. What is the number one way faculty and staff can help keep their computers and the SCU network secure?
1) Use long, strong passwords and change them regularly.
2) Update your computer—keep anti-virus, system software, and applications up-to-date.
3) Use long, strong passwords and change them regularly.

5. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek—Captain Kirk, Spock, Scottie, "Bones."

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