Many higher education IT teams hide behind closed doors. This blog explains how a team at Notre Dame went from a dark floor full of closed doors to cross-team work, open doors, and friendly laughter and conversation within a year. Culture, intentional design, and breaking down barriers are all part of the recipe.
David Seidl is the Senior Director for Campus Technology Services at the University of Notre Dame. As the Senior Director for CTS, David is responsible for central platform and operating system support, database administration and services, identity and access management, application services, document management, video conferencing and digital signage.
During his 20+ year IT career, he has served in a variety of technical and information security roles including leading Notre Dame's information security team as Notre Dame's Director of Information Security. He currently teaches a popular course on networking and security for Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, and has written books on security certification and cyberwarfare.
David holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Technology and a masters degree in Information Security from Eastern Michigan University, as well as CISSP, GPEN, and GCIH certifications.
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