Quinn R. Shamblin

Quinn R. Shamblin's philosophy is that the convenience and security are not mutually exclusive - good security can be achieved simultaneously with user convenience. Contrary to what people believe, the work of a good information security professional is not to say "no" to a business goal or request, but to find a safe way to say "yes". This philosophy comes from experience gathered throughout a very diverse career.

Quinn started his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy, teaching sailors how to operate the nuclear reactors found on U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. He then moved into staff and project management in the IT field, spending several years leading the technical development and support of TIBCO technologies for Procter & Gamble, HP, and Hydus, Inc. Quinn then joined the University of Cincinnati as a Cybercrime Investigator, then Manager of Information Security and finally, Director of Information Security. Quinn is now the Information Security Officer at Boston University, one of the leading urban research universities in the world, ranked 41st in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report) and 50th in the world (Times of London) in 2013. BU is the fourth largest private university in the U.S. with 33,500 students and 9,000 faculty and staff in 16 Schools and Colleges and association with Boston Medical Center.

Quinn is a sought-after presenter in the Information Security field. He has given talks for CSO magazine, the Brazilian government, the FBI, Evanta, EDUCAUSE and many other national, regional and local organizations. He and the team that created Boston University's Premium Secure VM Service won the CSO50 Security Innovation Award in 2014.

Quinn holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, a B.S. in Physics from Andrews University and numerous professional certifications, including: CISM, CISSP, ITIL and previously, PMP, GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA).

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Quinn R. Shamblin and do not necessarily represent those of Boston University or IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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