Giving Back at Regis University

Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer

During this time of year, I always like to take a little extra time and reflect on the things that I’m most grateful for. This year, I continue to be grateful to teach at and be associated with Regis University. One of the main reasons for this is because of the school’s Christian philosophy and principles; especially it’s focus on giving back to the communities in which it operates.

I still remember the first experience I had with Regis. I was the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Colorado and wanted to do something special for our taxpayers during October, which is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. I reached out to Regis for ideas and got much more than that. The Regis faculty, staff, and students helped me design, plan, and run a telephone hotline that Coloradans could call in to and receive free cyber security advice and assistance.

And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Regis does a host of other projects, including delivering basic and advanced cyber security training to the local Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) chapters, holding regional collegiate cyber security competitions, running cyber simulations for the National Guard and other government agencies, and helping middle and high school students learn about careers in cyber security.

Faculty and staff are also committed to mentoring students and others to help them achieve their full potential in their information security careers. Mentoring helps students and junior staff ask questions in a safe and constructive environment, figure out future steps for career growth, and to leverage the mentor’s network of associates when it’s time for a career transition. Mentoring can be accomplished through monthly one-on-one sessions or sometimes in larger groups. One of my favorite group mentoring ideas is to create a cyber security book club. Each month we pick a new cyber security book and read it. Then we get together as a group and discuss the book and how it’s contents can be applied to our current jobs.

If you’re an existing student at Regis, then I strongly encourage you to get actively involved in one of the many projects currently underway. If you’re looking for a great school where you’ll get an excellent education both in and out of the classroom, then look no further. Like me, Regis is the place for you.

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