Chief Information Security Officer
Plamen has been working for the University of Chicago Medicine and the BSD for the past seven years. He has over sixteen years of hands-on IT experience, eight of them in Information Security. In his most recent role, Plamen served as Director of Systems and Security in the BSD’s Center for Research Informatics (CRI). In his sixteen months with the CRI, Plamen significantly raised the profile and advanced the capabilities of the Systems and Security team, leading a highly successful move of all CRI computing resources from Prudential Data Center to the University’s Kenwood Data Center and establishing the informatics security program. Previously, he was the Lead Data Security Engineer for the University of Chicago Medicine, leading the CBIS security operations efforts. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Plamen worked for Walgreens for seven years, where he held a variety of roles; most notably, he was responsible for perimeter defenses and security risk analysis including architecture design, network analysis, and security assessment of hardware and software.
Security & Service Delivery Manager
Keith Ehrlicher joined the BSD Information Security Office as IT Security and Service Delivery Manager in November of 2016. Keith has 17 years of IT experience working in various IT and Management roles in the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medical Center. In his most recent role, Keith managed the University of Chicago Medical Center Windows and Linux enterprise systems teams. Prior to joining the University of Chicago Medical Center, Keith work for the Biological Sciences Division as the Lead System Engineer. Keith has a B.B.A in Computer Science from Robert Morris University along with ITIL V3 Foundations and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certifications.
Senior Offensive Security Engineer
Michael joined the BSD Information Security Office in September of 2017 to develop proactive security testing methodologies. Michael focuses on creating a red team that provides simulated attacks against assets to identify security vulnerabilities. Previously, Michael worked for Plante Moran as a consultant performing penetration tests for financial, healthcare, and higher education industries. Michael holds a B.S. in Computer Science with the focus of Network Security from Northeastern Illinois University. Outside of his education, Michael focuses on self-learning, certification, research, and is active in the information security community.
IT Security Analyst
Rebecca joined the BSD Information Security Office in November 2017 as an IT Security Analyst and will be specializing in risk management. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Rebecca led PCI and SOX compliance efforts for UnitedHealth One and supervised a small team of security analysts. Earlier in her career, Rebecca investigated check and deposit fraud for PNC Bank. Rebecca has over 10 years of experience in both security and technology, which includes incident response, vulnerability management and policy development. Rebecca holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Ball State University and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Intelligence from Mercyhurst University.
Security Analyst, Cyber Defense
Jutichai joined the BSD Information Security Office in March 2018 as a Security Analyst, Cyber Defense and will be specializing in incident response/management. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Jutichai was a Network Security Analyst at Motorola Solutions where he was responsible for network security monitoring and incident handling. Jutichai has over 8 years of IT experience, with 2 of those focusing on security. Jutichai holds a M.S. in Management of Information Systems from Morris Graduate School of Management and is GCIH, CSIS, CIOS, and ITIL-F certified.
Louis F. Vierling
IT Security Engineer, Cyber Defense
Louis joined the BSD Information Security Office in April 2018 as a Security Engineer, Cyber Defense and will be specializing in vulnerability management. Louis has over 20 years of IT experience here at the University of Chicago with the last 3 years spent as the IT Engineer for the Ben May Department of Cancer Research. Louis holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and is Security+ and Network+ certified.
Security Administrator, Risk Management
Amber joined the BSD Information Security Office in June of 2018 as a Security Administrator focusing on Risk Management. Prior to the University of Chicago, Amber was a Lead Operations Specialist for J.P. Morgan Chase, providing direct support to managers and a small team of employees. Her main focus at JPMC was to manage sensitive information, and audit employees to ensure compliance with federal regulations and company policy. She has 5 years of operational experience, with two of those years as a Lead.
Security Analyst, Risk Management
Christopher joined the BSD Information Security Team in September of 2018 as a Security Analyst focusing on Risk Management. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Christopher spent the last seven years working in Professional Services, Retail, and Manufacturing, supporting various IT functions including, business intelligence, project management and cybersecurity. Christopher holds a M.S. in Information Systems, with Business Intelligence concentration from DePaul University.
Security Engineer, Cyber Defense
Jorel joined the BSD Information Security Office in December 2018 as a Security Engineer, Cyber Defense and will be specializing in incident response and cybersecurity infrastructure management. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Jorel was a Network Security Analyst at Motorola Solutions for five years. While at Motorola he specialized in SIEM queries and analysis along with creating time-saving dashboards for the team. Jorel has over five years of experience focusing on cybersecurity and ten years of general IT experience. Jorel has a Masters in Information Security along with GCIH, GNFA, GCFE, GCFA, and Security+ certifications.