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Sean Sweeney

  • Senior Director & Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft Cybersecurity Solutions Group

Sean Sweeney is Senior Director & Chief Security Advisor in Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions Group.  In this role, he is primarily responsible for aligning and mobilizing his team of Cybersecurity Advisors and Architects across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America to deliver thought leadership and deep customer engagement.  He is also responsible for regularly engaging with the security industry through public speaking, standards development, and advanced research, as well as providing strategic direction on products and services, and advising customer CxOs on security and compliance issues. 

Sean joined Microsoft from the University of Pittsburgh where he was the Chief Information Security Officer. At Pitt, Sean was responsible for the strategic leadership of the information security and privacy protection programs for the University’s 35,000+ students and 13,000+ faculty and staff members.  Sean is a previous principal and co-founder of a Pittsburgh-based eDiscovery startup, Chief Information Officer for a national law firm based in Pittsburgh, and Litigation Support Applications Manager for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  He received a BA from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, attended Virginia Commonwealth University’s Graduate School of Education in Richmond, VA, and is both a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

A frequent author and speaker on security and compliance, Sean is also a steadfast champion of cybersecurity workforce development.  Originally from Northern Virginia, and an avid boater; Sean has resided in Pittsburgh, PA for the last 13 years.

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