Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Washington, DC CISO Community

Randy Marchany


Virginia Tech

Randy Marchany is the CISO at Virginia Tech. He has 30 years of cybersecurity experience, has been a Senior SANS Institute instructor (instructor #2) since 1992, is a member of the Center for Internet Security Security Controls V8 working group, and is a co-holder of three cybersecurity patents. 

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I was a system administrator for 20 years, and then one of my servers got hacked. It took months to rebuild it, and I didn't want to repeat that experience, so I looked for computer security resources. I found a startup company in 1992 called the SANS Institute, joined them and that's how I got into cybersecurity.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Hire good people, give them a goal and let them figure out the best way to get there. Give them as much training as you can.

With disruption being a key theme of the past few years, where do you see your role as a CISO going in the next 1-2 years?

I see my role focused on refining the data protection strategy.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the role as a CISO?

Network with as many peers as possible, and speak at a conference or seminar.

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. I played in a band for 38 years (, touring the US/UK/Europe. We released 9 albums, 6 of which were nominated for awards and 1 of them won, and I wrote the original theme song for the NPR program "World Cafe."
  2. I was a graduate assistant volleyball coach for a division 1 university.
  3. I love to ride bicycles and motorcycles.

What is the value of participating in a professional community through Evanta?

I enjoy the networking opportunities with my peers from other sectors of industry.

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