Tom Dugas


Tom Dugas serves as the Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Duquesne University. Tom is responsible for leading the Information (cyber) security program, data governance and identity and access management programs at the University. His primary focus is on the availability, confidentiality, and integrity of data and systems at Duquesne University.

Tom is the recipient of the 2023 EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award and in 2019 was recognized as the CISO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Tom serves as a leader within the region as a Board member of the Pittsburgh InfraGard Chapter. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Greater Pittsburgh CISO Group and Evanta Pittsburgh Governing Body. He also is an active member of the Internet2 Cloud Scorecard Working Group, Educause Cloud Computing Community Group, AICUP Information Security Consortium, and Steel City Information Security Group.

Tom is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a Master’s Degree in Communication and Information Systems and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with majors in Accounting and Management Information Systems.

Prior to joining Duquesne University Tom spent over 11 years at Carnegie Mellon University where he held a variety of leadership positions including the oversight of areas such as technology enhanced spaces, media services, desktop support, help desk, project and portfolio management, education, and service management.
Tom has been active in the higher education community for nearly 20 years. He has served as a member of the 2019 EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference Committee. He has served as co-chair of the Educause ECAR Cloud Computing Working Group where he and his colleagues published several cloud papers. He also contributed to the ECAR Cloud Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Working Group and paper. Tom has served on the 2011 Educause Mid Atlantic Conference Committee as the Leadership and Strategic Thinking Track Lead, and a member of the Educause EDUComment Task Force.

Tom is an alumnus of the 2009 Leading Change/Frye Leadership Institute and the 2006 Educause Institute Leadership Program. Tom is also a member of the 2023-2024 MOR Advanced Leadership Program. 

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Cloud on the Horizon
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports
    • Author

    This paper is the seventh and final installment in a series on Preparing the IT Organization for the Cloud from the ECAR Cloud Working Group.

  • Cloud Awareness and User Support
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports
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    The ECAR-CLOUD Working Group is developing this series of seven papers, Preparing the IT Organization for the Cloud. The sixth paper, Cloud Awareness and User Support, outlines how institutions can address end-user support, end-user documentation, user training, and community outreach in the cloud.

  • Operationalizing the Cloud
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports
    • Author

    Operationalizing the Cloud, addresses cloud computing risks and how to operationalize the cloud. Most colleges and universities have moved at least some services to the cloud, while others have built out large-scale cloud environments. Ensuring that these services effectively align with an institution’s needs requires careful planning and ongoing management.

EDUCAUSE Presentations