OIT Names First-Ever Chief Information Security Officer

  OIT News  |  May 11, 2022  |  By Nicole Johnson
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After a nationwide search, Vito Rocco is the office of information technology’s first chief information security officer, effective May 2. He was selected for the position after serving as interim chief information security officer (CISO) since August.

As the new CISO, Rocco will oversee cybersecurity operations for UNLV. Leading a team of information security analysts, he will help prevent security risks that could potentially compromise institutional data and systems.

“Vito brings both extensive information security expertise and experience with the nuances of strengthening security efforts in a higher education environment to the new position,” said Lori Temple, vice provost for information technology at UNLV. “These qualities will serve UNLV well in the always changing information security landscape.”

With nearly 25 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry, Rocco has served the last nine years in the UNLV Office of Information Technology as an information security professional, launching the cybersecurity awareness training and cybersecurity liaison program. Prior to that, he worked as a cybersecurity consultant and served in the U.S. Army.

“I am honored to lead UNLV’s cybersecurity efforts as the first CISO,” said Rocco. “I have been privileged to be a part of the great strides made in cybersecurity maturity over the last nine years. I look forward to building on that momentum with our campus partners and moving the university forward with our goals of securing systems and data.”

Rocco earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in information technology from Grantham University. He also received several cybersecurity certifications in the areas of information systems security and cyber forensics.