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    April 6, 2007
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Mark Freed named new chief information security officer for Temple

Timothy O’Rourke, vice president of computer and information services, has announced the appointment of Mark Freed as the chief information security officer for Temple University, effective March 19, 2007.

As the chief information security officer, Freed is responsible for overseeing all security aspects of the university's information technology architecture, as well as developing security and privacy policies, standards and guidelines.

Mark is an innovative professional with substantial experience in information security, business continuity, disaster recovery, regulatory compliance, and systems certification and accreditation.

At his previous position with Harleysville Insurance, he developed corporatewide security policies and procedures, created and implemented a risk assessment and remediation framework, and established business continuity strategies.

Prior to working for Harleysville Insurance, Mark served in the United States Marine Corps for 22 years. He was responsible for all matters related to data network security while serving as the information assurance chief for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Atlantic.

O’Rourke commented that “the security of our information assets and the privacy of our students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance to the university and in this day and age, security cannot be stressed enough. Mark’s experience, his wealth of knowledge in this area and his professionalism put him in a great position to lead our security efforts in the upcoming years.”

Mark has a master of business administration degree from Averett University and a number of professional certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

He resides in Telford, Pa., with his wife and children.

O’Rourke recognized and thanked Seth Shestack, the associate director of information security who served as the acting CISO for more than seven months, saying Shestack “performed this function with skill and professionalism and did an absolutely terrific job.”