On The Front Line of Cyber Security
Harbison, ’98, is on the front line of cybersecurity, thwarting hackers trying
to get their hands on Monsanto’s data.
among the top information security professionals in the St. Louis region, his
post as Chief Information Security Officer for Monsanto is a capstone of a
19-year Information Technology career. His path took him to Scott Air Force
Base while still a student and to Anheuser-Busch where he spent 10 years before
leaving for Monsanto in 2009.
2014, he has led the Information Security Office responsible for managing
Monsanto’s risks and cyberthreats globally and for enabling key business
objectives with secure solutions. He and his 60-member team are responsible for
data privacy, compliance, risk management and cyberthreat intelligence at the
company. His security and risk management program has a proven track record of
evolving to meet changing business needs and thwarting advanced cyberthreats.
only is he Monsanto’s top cybersecurity guy, he’s often called upon by
governmental agencies and IT groups within the St. Louis community for input.
credits SWIC with giving him the time he needed to find his passion.
“With the cost of
college, and the many options available, it was tough to decide on a school
without knowing what i wanted to do. Community college provided me a great
opportunity to begin taking classes (especially those that would be needed
regardless of area of specialization/degree program), and offered some additional
time to consider my options without the added time pressure,” he said. “while
working at scott and attending swic, i was able to realize my passion for the
it field, while gaining an education and breadth of real world/hands-on
experience that would serve as the foundation for what has been an exciting
career so far!”