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

  • August 2017: Are You Practicing Safe Social Networking?
    • Blog

    This Campus Security Awareness Campaign 2017 post is one of twelve blogs with ready-made content designed to support information security professionals and IT communicators as they develop or enhance their security awareness campaigns. The August topic focuses on social media safety.

  • 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.

EDUCAUSE Presentations



EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • HEISC Awareness and Training Working Group
    • Working Group Chair, 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