Norwich University names George J. Silowash new chief information security officer


Nov. 30, 2016

Norwich University has named George J. Silowash the new chief information security officer, a critical position in the university’s overall cybersecurity posture.

Silowash will take on the role beginning December 5, 2016.

A published security professional who has been in the cybersecurity business since 2002, Silowash has taught in Norwich’s online Master of Science in Information Security Assurance program since 2010 and recently served as associate director. He is also a graduate of that program. In this new position, Silowash will maintain those responsibilities as CISO.

“Norwich University has consistently been at the forefront of computer security training and education for over a decade and a half,” Vice President for Student Affairs and Technology Frank Vanecek said. ”In this ever-changing field of cyber security, the addition of George Silowash will assure that Norwich remains a leader.”

Silowash is responsible for developing and updating Norwich University information security policy and the coordination of information security efforts across the university. The CISO leads security risk assessment efforts and is responsible for the university’s security awareness and training program.  The CISO also advises and collaborates with university units on chain of trust agreements, business continuity and disaster recovery plans, and audit and governmental compliance practices. Silowash is also responsible for the forensics examination of digital material collected during university investigations.

About Norwich University Cyber Security Education

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cybersecurity in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cybersecurity education.

Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

In February 2016 the Norwich University cybersecurity program was the only educational institution to be invited to support Super Bowl 50.

Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by

In October 2016 Norwich University participated in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by dedicating the month to cybersecurity training, bringing in speakers and running contests in security knowledge, among other activities. The annual participation is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide the tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

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Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 197 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention.

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