For Lou Morgan the security of PVAMU’s computer networks and infrastructure is “Job One.” Morgan, PVAMU’s Information Security Officer, is tasked with safeguarding the integrity of the information technology infrastructure by protecting sensitive data and information resources.
Morgan points out that information security is the business of everyone at the university. To that end, most departments will soon be contacted to participate in the institution-wide IT security risk assessment (ISAAC) which is scheduled to take place through the end of January. ISAAC is essential in prioritizing the security risk of departments and to select compensating controls to manage that risk. ISAAC allows documentation of the PVAMU information security program’s status so it may be taken to the next level.
The Information Security Officer (ISO) provides information security training, incident response and reporting, departmental reviews, contract/software security reviews, and operating system update verifications. The ISO also provides guidance for data privacy and security regulations such as FERPA, HIPPA and TAC202.
Morgan recently earned the Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM) designation to add to several others such as the Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP) and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) which is the first ANSI ISO accredited and internationally recognized credential in the field of information security. He has a master’s degree in Information Technology.
Morgan offers some simple tips to keep your computers and personal information secure:
- Do not indiscriminately browse Internet sites; they may download malicious code.
- Do not open e-mail if you don’t recognize the sender.
- Do not tell ANYONE your password.
- Protect your social security numbers, credit card numbers or other sensitive information.
- Be cautious with what you save on a computer. People forget, computers don’t.