As I mentioned at Catalyst, the Identity and Privacy Strategies team is growing. I am excited to announce that Heidi Wachs has joined the team effective yesterday. Heidi joins from Georgetown University where she was the University Chief Privacy Officer and Director of IT Policy. At Georgetown, Heidi worked to establish and manage University-wide data privacy initiatives for information technology operations and data breach response. Heidi has an extensive knowledge of the higher education market: in addition to Georgetown Heidi has worked with EDUCAUSE helping to establish policies and practices. Obviously, Heidi will be covering privacy with me, but we are also going to turn her into an identity geek as well.
Not only is Heidi a Jersey girl who has serious operational privacy chops, she’s a lawyer to boot. You might be thinking “why hire a lawyer on a team of technical professionals?” Heidi’s operational know-how is exactly the kind that our constituents need access to. Talking about privacy (or identity for that matter) in the abstract is fun but not necessarily practical. And as identity management professionals up their game and start to become a larger part of information protection conversations, the kind of guidance Heidi can provide will be incredibly useful.
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