Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) & Associate Vice President
Dr. Pablo Molina
Dr. Pablo Molina serves as Drexel's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Associate Vice President (AVP). He leads the University Information Security Team, which oversees University-wide security policies and controls. Dr. Molina has made his team's mission "to protect the people, the information, and the systems of Drexel University." His team has pursued this initiative through security awareness training, compliance, and risk assessments.
Dr. Molina holds a Doctorate degree on the adoption of technology from Georgetown University and an MBA from Saint Louis University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, as well as a Certified Information Privacy Professional. While at Georgetown University, he received 14 national awards (3 from the university), including Outstanding Faculty Member in 2012. He was the recipient of the 2006 CIO Magazine Ones to Watch Award and the Standout Achievement Award as Innovator, and he was recognized in 2007 as one of the Top 40 Under 40 IT Innovators by ComputerWorld. In 2013 and 2014 (and again for 2019), Dr. Molina was the recipient of the HITEC 100 Awards, which is comprised of the 100 most influential and notable Hispanic professionals in the technology industry.
In addition to his expertise in cybersecurity methodology, Dr. Molina has an extensive background in the ethics of technology and information management. He is the founder and executive director of the International Applied Ethics and Technology Association and is on the board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He regularly comments on stories about privacy, the ethics of tech companies, and laws related to technology and information management—including net neutrality, Web sites and tech companies protecting user data during investigations, and the ethics of the President’s election commission requesting state voter data.
Dr. Molina is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches graduate courses in ethics and technology and in information security. He was the CIO at the Association of American Law Schools from 2014-17, CIO at Southern Connecticut State University in 2013-14, and associate vice president for information technology and campus CIO from 2000-2012 at Georgetown University. Prior to that, he worked as director of information technology for the University of Pennsylvania, lecturer/director of information systems for Washington University in Saint Louis, and senior lecturer for the University of Missouri in Saint Louis. Before his career in academia, he was MIS manager at the Saint Louis Zoo. Previously, he built a technology company in Madrid, where he also served as editor-in-chief of computer magazines, authored several books on technology, and taught information technology at the Escuela de Hacienda Publica.