In the Spotlight… An Introduction to CHERIS

CHERIS, the Connecticut Higher Education Roundtable on Information Security, is the brain child of the University’s Information Security Officer, Jason Pufahl.

The forum is a state-wide information security initiative that is open to all Connecticut higher education institutions. It is currently composed of 23 colleges and universities and the forum has had two meetings to date — the first one being here, at the University, and the second one at Quinnipiac, who co-founded the forum with UConn. The next meeting will be at Southern Connecticut State University.

The main purpose of the forum is for information security leaders, from the respective universities, to tackle  new and emerging security threats in the IT field, as well as exchange new ideas and practices to best combat such threats. For example, UConn’s ISO is currently working with Eastern Connecticut State University on security awareness through CHERIS.

For more information on CHERIS, email Jason Pufahl, the Information Security Officer, at


This article, by Tim Williams, first appeared in the February 20, 2013 issue of the Project Weeklies newsletter of the ITS Project Management Office.