Medha Bhalodkar is the Chief Information Security Officer of Columbia University and has served as the university's first CISO since 2006. With growing responsibilities in functions and complexities over the last decade, Medha now leads multiple teams of information security professionals to manage Columbia's IT Policies, IT Risk Assessment & Governance, Application Security, Identity Access Management and Network Security across its 17 schools and Global Centers. Medha has built robust and dynamic security and risk frameworks and she shines through her expertise in Enterprise Risk Management. She has also been appointed as an Advisory Board Member of Columbia University’s Masters of Science in Enterprise Risk Management (MSERM) Program, which was created to prepare risk management professionals across a variety of industries in rapidly evolving global and regulatory environments.

Medha has over 25 years of experience in various aspects of Information Technology, Security, Auditing and Risk Management, spending over 15 years in the Financial Industry and over 10 years in the Education and Healthcare industry. She is a recognized Risk Management and Information Security professional and serves on a number of governing bodies, steering committees of professional organizations and is a frequent panel speaker at major NY conferences. Medha has a number of security certifications (e.g., CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CICA, ITIL, and Cloud Security Certifications) and a B.S. from Bombay University. Medha is proud of her role as a woman in IT and strives to mentor and guide young women in an often male dominated profession.

Medha was awarded the 2015 and 2016 North America Information Security Executive of the Year and her team was recognized with the 2015 and 2016 North America Project of the Year for their IT Risk Management and Privacy Program, by ISE Tech Exec Networks in the Academic and Public Sector categories. In September 2016, Medha was awarded the Global CISO of the Year by EC-Council Foundation InfoSec Tech & Exec Awards.