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About the Office of Information Security

The job of coordinating information security at Penn is handled by the Office of Information Security, a unit of Penn's Information Systems and Computing (ISC) division.

What we do

The Office of Information Security establishes, implements and maintains security programs to assist management in the protection of computing resources and associated information assets against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure. Our responsibilities include:

  • Establishment of appropriate University-wide policies, standards and guidelines for data and physical security safeguards pertaining to information systems.
  • Recommendation and review of the implementation and maintenance of data security software that provides controlled access and use of sensitive application systems, database management systems, computer operating systems, communication networks, and computer hardware.
  • Providing consultation into technical and application development efforts involving computer data security and integrity issues.
  • Providing a forum for review, counsel, education and communication of computer security administration procedures.
  • Maintaining awareness of existing and proposed legislation and regulatory laws pertaining to information system security.
  • Participation in investigations of information security violations.
  • Educating the general community about the security risks of electronic information systems and provide targeted information informing them of steps they can take to minimize those risks.
  • Information Security and Network Monitoring

How to reach us

Mailing Address:

3401 Walnut Street
Suite 230A
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228 USA

Telephone:(215) 898-2172 (An Information Security representative can be reached through this number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please read the page on reporting security concerns for more information.)

Fax: (215) 573-2037 (please call or e-mail in advance to alert to incoming fax)


When contacting Information Security regarding sensitive and/or confidential issues, it is recommended that all email correspondence be PGP-signed and -encrypted whenever possible, using one of the Information Security public keys that can be found at the PGP Public Key Information page.

Information Security Personnel

Joshua Beeman
Penn Information Security Officer
(215) 746-7077 (PGP key)

James Brewer
IT Director, Identity And Access Management
(215) 898-4601

Caroline Couture
Information Security Training Officer
(215) 573-4990

Bob DeSilets
Information Security Specialist, Sr.
(215) 573-6865 (PGP key)

David Earley
Information Security Specialist, Sr.
(215) 573-4070 (PGP key)

Paul Herrmann
IT Sr Project Leader, Information Security
(215) 898-6961

Sam Jenkins
Information Security Specialist, Sr. (PGP key)

Melissa Muth
Information Security Specialist, Sr.
(215) 573-6798 (PGP key)

Mike Sanker
Information Security Specialist, Sr.
(215) 898-4627 (PGP key)

Sherry Weller
Information Security Specialist, Sr.
(215) 573-4569 (PGP key)

Last updated: Friday, January 29, 2016


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