Campus Connection: Nov. 2, 2007 • Vol. 23 , No. 5

Tech Security Officer Candidates on Campus Nov. 5-8, 12-13

Three candidates for the WIU chief technology security officer position will be on campus for interviews Nov. 5-6, 7-8 and 12-13, according to Michael Dickson and Rita Moore, chairs of the search committee.

The candidates include Keith Conlee, chief security officer for information technology at the College of DuPage, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5-6; Michael Rodriguez, vice president of information security at Compass Bank, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8; and Larry Brennan, a senior technical services consultant for the FBL Financial Enterprise Information Department, FBL Financial Group, Inc., Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 12-13.

An open meeting will be held with faculty, staff, students and administrators from 1:15-2:15 p.m. Nov 5, 7 and 12 in Horrabin Hall 1 on the Macomb campus (the open sessions will also be videoconferenced to the Quad Cities campus). Open sessions will also be held on the Quad Cities campus in Room 231 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. Nov. 6; 1-2 p.m. Nov. 8; and 1:15-2:15 p.m. Nov. 13.

In his role at the College of DuPage, which has approximately 27,000 students, Conlee’s responsibilities include designing, developing, deploying and maintaining (including training) the security management program. He coordinates and maintains compliance projects related to the IT infrastructure, including FERPA, GLBA, HIPAA, PCI DSS. Conlee also monitors state and federal legislation and other legal influences for new compliance issues and aligns the college’s processes/procedures with these influences. He manages the coordination and maintenance of all IT-related business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Conlee began his career with an information technology company working at the National Security Agency at Fort George G. Meade. He has also worked at Bell Laboratories.

Conlee received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Valparaiso University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from Northern Illinois University. He is certified as a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), Business Continuity Planner and Technical Trainer and is a registered Illinois attorney.

Rodriguez has more than 20 years experience as an information technology practitioner in the telecommunications, IT, publishing, transportation and banking industries. He has held consultative leadership roles at IBM, Capital One, Wells Fargo, Compass Bank, Donnelley and the Department of Defense and has taught technology classes at Bell Laboratories and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Rodriguez has eight years of security leadership experience building information security organizations and programs.

Rodriguez received his bachelor’s degree from DeVry University of Chicago and his master’s degree in management information systems from North Central College in Naperville. He is a member of ISC2 and ISACA and holds certifications as a CISSP and GBLC.

At FBL Financial Group, Inc., Brennan is responsible for security policy development, audit compliance, security awareness and information security risk assessments. He has worked for the State of Iowa as the critical infrastructure assurance coordinator and later as the senior information security officer. Brennan was a member of the Governor’s Cyber Security Task Force, the Homeland Security Critical Asset Protection planning team and the Governor’s Information and Intelligence Sharing Task Force. He is past-president of the Iowa InfraGard Members Alliance, a program sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Prior to these positions, Brennan was the technology coordinator for the Iowa Braille School where he implemented technological solutions to help visually impaired students utilize e-mail and access the Internet. He also represented the school on the Iowa Board of Regents’ Y2K consequence management working group.

Brennan received his master’s degree in educational psychology-cognition from the University of Iowa and his bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Coe College. He is currently completing a graduate degree in information assurance at Iowa State University.

Full details on the position can be found in the Oct. 25 news release at