Brian Kelly


Brian has been an active member of the higher education information security community since 2007. He’s participated on the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) since 2009, serving on the Awareness and Training working group before joining the Security Professionals Conference Program Committee in 2015. Brian became Vice Chair of the conference in 2017 and chaired the 2018 Security Professionals Conference. He was a member of the HEISC Advisory Committee between 2016-2018. Brian is also a member of the REN-ISAC community.

Brian was previously the Chief Information Security Officer at Quinnipiac University, he joined Quinnipiac in 2006. His career in information security began with the United States Air Force in 1993. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from Norwich University.

He is a member of various professional organizations including the Information System Security Association (ISSA), InfraGard, High Tech Crime Investigation Association and Information Systems Audit Control Association (HTCIA), and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Brian is a retired Air Force Cyber Operations Officer and currently an adjunct instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College in the CIS Department teaching Cybersecurity courses.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Cybersecurity as a Career Path
    • Multimedia

    Looking at cybersecurity as a career path can be intimidating, but many working in this field didn't start out with intentions to work in cybersecurity.

  • Privacy Perspectives
    • Multimedia

    What are privacy officers talking about when they talk about privacy? And why is it important?

  • Higher Education Research, Cybersecurity, and CMMC Compliance
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    This brief, a joint effort on the part of EDUCAUSE and PreVeil, was written to clarify the Department of Defense’s (DoD) new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework and to guide your institution on its journey to CMMC compliance.

EDUCAUSE Presentations