Ben Woelk


Ben Woelk, CISSP, is the Program Manager for the Information Security Office at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he's developed a leading information security awareness program. Ben is a member and former co-chair of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Awareness and Training Working Group of the Higher Education Information Security Council. He is also a former Director and Community Affairs Committee Chair for the Society for Technical Communication and is the current Scholarship Committee Chair. He has been a CISSP (#379414) since 2015 and is ITIL v3 certified. Ben holds degrees from the University of Florida, Trinity International University, and the University of Rochester, and an Advanced Certificate in Technical Information Design from RIT.

Ben is adjunct faculty at RIT, teaching classroom and online courses in Computing Security Fundamentals and Technical Communication. Prior to joining RIT, Ben provided technical communications and change management consulting to a number of area Fortune 500 companies. His current interests include working with other security awareness practitioners to develop effective security awareness programs and providing mentoring and coaching to new and aspiring introverted leaders, and speaking and presenting workshops on introverted leadership, creating security awareness programs, and technical communication.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Building a Culture of Digital Self-Defense
    • Blog

    One of the biggest challenges in information security is raising the awareness of our communities so that they recognize threats and understand how to defend themselves. Learn how the Rochester Institute of Technology is engaging students, faculty, and staff and building a security culture on campus.

  • September: Will Your Password Be Unbroken?
    • Blog

    Passwords are an important part of our digital lives. There are many steps end users can take to protect their online accounts and mobile devices with strong passwords or passphrases. Here are some ideas to get you started.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


ELI Member
ECAR Subscriber

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • HEISC Awareness and Training Working Group
    • Working Group, 2010 - 2012
  • HEISC Leadership Team
    • Working Group, 2010 - 2012
  • HEISC Video Contest WG
    • Working Group, 2009 - 2011
  • Security Video Judge Volunteers
    • Volunteers, 2009 - 2009
  • HEISC Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign
    • HISTORIC, 2008 - 2011