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March 19, 2007

Ksander appointed executive director of IT networks and security

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Scott Ksander has been appointed as Purdue's executive director of IT networks and security, a position which also includes serving as the university's chief information security officer.

Ksander's appointment, announced Monday (March 12) by Purdue interim chief information officer Gerry McCartney, is effective immediately.

"Scott brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his previous positions in both the academic and private sectors, and in June he will celebrate 20 years of service with Purdue University," McCartney said.

Ksander is a computer forensics expert, and he formerly served Purdue as senior security analyst and in his current position on an interim basis. In February, Ksander was admitted to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and he will become one of 32 founding members of the academy's new 11th section encompassing professionals in digital forensics.

"I am very excited about now having this new opportunity to continue contributing to Purdue," Ksander said. "I believe the next five years will see the digital landscape change even more than we have seen in the past 10 years. The challenge of meeting the needs of faculty, students and staff is going to be very significant."

Ksander expects the most difficult challenge to be merging current voice, data and video networks into a secure and effective digital communication network while also eliminating the differences between such current transmission techniques as wired, wireless, cell, broadband and wide-area networks.

"I look forward to working with the talented IT professionals both within Information Technology at Purdue and across all the Purdue campuses," he said. "Together, I know we can meet these challenges and continue Purdue's tradition of leadership in information technology."

Writer: Jennifer Kapp, (765) 496-7406,

Sources: Gerry McCartney, (765) 496-2270,

Scott Ksander, (765) 496-8289,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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