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Cybersecurity Academic Advisory Council

The Cybersecurity Academic Advisory Council (CAAC) is made up of extraordinarily respected Information Technology (IT) and IT security professionals representing the government, local leading industries, and Fortune 500 companies. Our CAAC is an active group who provides assessment of our cyber programs, engages with university leaders, advises our department on trends and needs. The charter, last meeting minutes, and members are immediately below.

Members

Jerry Cronin

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)

Gary Harbison

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - Monsanto

Jeff Horton

Senior Manager - Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis

Dan Henke

Vice President (VP), Information Security Officer - Mercy Healthcare

Matt Modica

Vice President (VP) & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - BJC Healthcare

Shrikant Ramachandran

Global Vice President (VP) & Chief Information Officer (CIO) - Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

 Member Biographies

Jerry Cronin

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
Mr. Cronin serves as the USTRANSCOM senior cybersecurity advisor on key externally-facing cybersecurity issues. He represents the USTRANSCOM Commander and Chief Information Officer at senior level national, Department of Defense (DoD), and industry committees and working groups. His current efforts include working with government and commercial partners to improve the cybersecurity posture across the transportation enterprise, which includes Government, DoD, and commercial networks. Under this initiative, he is working with Government and industry partners to sharing best practices, threat, and vulnerability information with goal of increasing the ability of USTRANSCOM and its industry partners to conduct the transportation mission in an increasingly contested cyber domain.

Gary Harbison

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - Monsanto
As the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Monsanto, a leading global agriculture company, Gary Harbison leads the Information Security Office with global responsibility for cybersecurity, privacy and business continuity management. Harbison is also a member of the IT Leadership Team helping define and drive Monsanto's global IT strategy. Harbison has 19 years of overall IT experience, with 17 of those focused in the information security domain. Harbison received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Webster University in St. Louis. Harbison is also an Adjunct Professor in the Cybersecurity master's program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jeff Horton

Senior Manager - Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis
Jeff Horton responsibilities include developing and executing on strategic roadmaps for applications that support and manage the finances for the United States and other Federal Government Agencies. His professional expertise includes over 17 years of experience assisting multiple Fortune 500 organizations on data privacy and cybersecurity initiatives. He is versatile technical leader, strategist, and security practitioner, with exceptional interpersonal, problem-solving, and communications skills. A proven thought leader in building the security governance, security culture, security capabilities for some of the world's top organizations. Jeff received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Webster University in St. Louis, and he is currently pursuing his Juris Doctorate Law Degree. Jeff currently holds a number of professional security certifications including CCSP, CISSP, CISM, ENCE, & CEH

Dan Henke

Vice President (VP), Information Security Officer - Mercy Healthcare
Dan Henke joined Mercy in March 2013 as Vice President, Information Security Officer. He is responsible for all areas of the Mercy Information Security Program and acts as the Chief Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Security Compliance Officer.
Prior to joining Mercy, Dan was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with Maritz Holdings, Inc., in St. Louis where he led a strong security program attaining Payment Card Industry (PCI) certification and consistently passed demanding security audits and assessments of Fortune 500 clients. He came to Mercy with over twenty years of Information Technology leadership experience and a track record of contributing to business success through technology, building strong technical teams and developing internal and external stakeholder relationships. Dan was recently named one of the "32 Hospital and Health System CISO to Know in 2018" by Becker's Hospital Review. Dan holds a bachelor's degree and MBA from St. Louis University. In addition, Dan is a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and assists the pastor at Holy Infant Church in Ballwin, MO.

Matt Modica

Vice President (VP) & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - BJC Healthcare
Matthew Modica is responsible for the strategic direction, planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems, business operation and facility defenses to protect against security breaches and vulnerability issues. He has the responsibility for establishing, meeting and continuously monitoring the information security goals and objectives, while maintaining alignment with the strategic goals and priorities for BJC. Modica has a long tenured career in the Information Security field at multiple Fortune 1000 companies in the financial services, healthcare and data services industries. Modica holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University and is currently attending Webster University's MBA program. He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Modica is passionate about preparing the next generation to serve in CyberSecurity and STEM related roles. He serves on the St. Louis CISO board and CyberSecurity advisory committees for Southeast Missouri State University, Webster University, Washington University, SecureWorld St. Louis and the Evanta STL CXO Summit. Additionally, Modica sits on the Autism Speaks STL Golf Committee whose mission is to raise funds to support research and services for those on the Autism spectrum.

Shrikant Ramachandran

Global Vice President (VP) & Chief Information Officer (CIO) - Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
As Global Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Shrikant Ramachandran has Global responsibility for the company's Information Technology. He assumes responsibility for partnering with the various divisions, regions, local markets and global support functions to deliver appropriate IT systems. Shri also directs all IT activities including Applications, Infrastructure and Projects in North Americas, Europe and Asia with the Regional Head of ITs reporting directly to him. Shri has extensive Global IT experience from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, which includes time living and working in Asia, Australasia, Europe and the US. Prior to joining Mallinckrodt, Shri was the Global VP and CIO for Synthes and was also responsible for the Integration & merger of Depuy Synthes a Johnson and Johnson family of companies. Previously, Shri held the position of Consulting Director at Deloitte working with several Fortune 500 clients in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to Deloitte, Shri worked with CapGemini, IBM and SGS Thomson Microelectronics. Shri holds bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, India, a Masters of Engineering from Canterbury University, New Zealand and an MBA from Smeal School of Business at Penn State University, US.