Capps joins CU as chief information security officer

Beginning Tuesday, he’ll work to align and strengthen system’s cybersecurity efforts
By Staff

Capps joins CU as chief information security officer
David Capps

The University of Colorado today named David Capps chief information security officer (CISO) for CU system administration as part of the university’s ongoing effort to support and increase CU’s overall security posture.

Capps comes to CU after 10 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he served as vice president – director of technology and risk compliance. Previously, he worked at Fordham University as director of IT planning and strategy.

Capps begins his new role Tuesday. He will oversee the reporting and implementation of technology risk, controls and compliance testing. He will report to CU system Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Scott Munson.

“I’m excited to join CU and learn more about the security environment here,” Capps said. “Each campus has unique needs. I see the CISO role as being a trusted partner — meaning first, we have to understand the needs of each campus and its priorities, how security impacts them, and how we can support them as a partner.”

Dan Jones, who served as the CU system administration CISO for more than 10 years while also serving on the CU Boulder campus, will continue as the associate vice chancellor for integrity, safety and compliance at CU Boulder. He will assist with the transition to Capps.

“Dan has been an incredible partner to all campuses and system over the years and I cannot thank him enough for his leadership and support,” Munson said. “I’m also looking forward to David joining our team and enhancing our information security efforts.”

CU President Todd Saliman said he and campus leadership are excited to support the investment CU is making in cybersecurity.

“Our focus on aligning and strengthening cybersecurity across CU is a priority that is essential to the university’s future,” Saliman said. “Information security is critical at CU and we’re happy to have someone with David’s experience and expertise as part of our team.”

Capps earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University and an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt University.