Kevin Lanning


Information Security Consultant


Chrysalis Consulting Services



Graduation year:

"Focus on what you love to do--the rest will work itself out and even if it doesn't, you'll be doing what you love to do."

What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS?

After graduation from UNC-CH with a B.A. in the 1980s, I moved to California where I was a risk manager for an insurance company for many years. I served 2 years in the US Peace Corps from 1992 to 1994. I worked in information technology for a few years before beginning my graduate work at SILS.

How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS?

I graduated in 2007. I transferred from the libraries at UNC to the ITS Information Security Office in 2006 as an information security analyst. In 2012, I was promoted to IT Manager an in 2013 to Chief Information Security Officer.

In your current employment, what are your job duties and responsibilities?

The University's Information Security Office oversees the security of the University's electronic information. The Information Security Office is responsible for coordinating and ensuring Information Security across the University in a manner that is consistent with industry best practices and the University's compliance obligations. To meet these objectives, the Information Security Office develops information security policies and oversees the implementation of strategic information security initiatives for the University.

The Information Security Office's Mission:

To provide a secure computing environment to ensure the availability, integrity and confidentiality of information needed to support the University's educational and research objectives through the application of a unified information security architecture with the necessary policies and procedure framework to ensure its viability.

What projects have gotten you most excited and/or what accomplishments have made you the proudest?

The opportunity to enable and protect the business of the university and thereby support the mission of the university.

What were some of your best experiences at SILS?

Working in groups and presenting to groups.

What inspires or motivates you?

Helping people reach their full potential.

Is there any other information you would like to share, or any advice you would like to offer current or future SILS students?

Focus on what you love to do--the rest will work itself out and even if it doesn't, you'll be doing what you love to do.