Ferrill named new CISO for UAB

Ferrill RobRob Ferrill has been named assistant vice president and chief information security officer for UAB following a national search.

Ferrill, who currently serves as chief information security officer for UAB Medicine, will start his new position on Jan. 1, 2019. He also serves as HIPAA security officer for both the Health System and the University.

“Security is our most important IT imperative at UAB, and Rob brings a wealth of experience to this position, which is key to our goal of creating a secure computing environment through policies, training and technology,” said Vice President and Chief Information Officer Curtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D. “Rob partnered with UAB IT on a number of shared governance projects over the past few years and will help bring new ideas as we chart a path toward a new strategic plan in the coming year.”

Ferrill is a graduate of Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems. He holds the CISSP certification, considered the world’s premier cybersecurity certification, and held a number of others previously. He has more than 25 years of experience in information technology, 19 of them focused on information security.

At UAB Medicine, he has led a team of security professionals responsible for developing, maintaining, overseeing and operating security tools, processes and policies. He also oversees protection of information assets via security event management, risk management, technology reviews, and incident response and digital forensics.

“I am extremely grateful to begin this new season of life as the CISO for UAB,” Ferrill said. “Additionally, I am excited to be joining the skilled and adept leadership team that is already in place. I look forward to serving the University to the best of my ability.”

Members of the search committee included Brian Rivers, former UAB CISO and now chief technology officer; Cindy Jones, director of security risk management for UAB IT; Teresa Bragg, chief risk and compliance officer for UAB; Chip Bivins, chief audit officer for UAB; Julio Rivera, associate professor in Collat School of Business; Alesia Jones, chief human resources officer for UAB; and Kendra Thompson, personnel generalist for UAB IT.

Last modified on November 16, 2018