Colin Ahern

Colin is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the City of New York and oversees Security Sciences for NYC Cyber Command. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, specializing in cybersecurity, technology, and cyber resilience. He is also a term member (2021-2025) at the Council on Foreign Relations.

At NYC Cyber Command, Colin oversees citywide cyber defensive technology and initiatives, cybersecurity architecture, software engineering, and data science.

Before joining the City of New York he worked in financial services as a security engineer and cyber threat researcher. Colin started his career as a U.S. Army officer, deploying twice to Afghanistan and serving as a company commander at U.S. Army Cyber Command. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (Meritorious), the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Knowlton Award.

He has degrees from Tulane University and New York University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Google Certified Professional Data Engineer.


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