Helen Patton

Cybersecurity Advisor

Cisco State, Local and Education

Helen Patton is a Cybersecurity Advisor at Cisco, where she shares security strategies with the security community. Previously she spent eight years as the CISO at The Ohio State University where she was awarded the 2018 ISE North American Academic/Public Sector Executive of the Year. Before joining Ohio State she spent ten years in risk and resiliency at JPMorganChase. Helen actively encourages collaboration across and within industries, to enable better information security and privacy practices. She believes in improving diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and mentors people interested in pursuing careers in security, privacy and risk management. She advocates for more naps and is anti-bagpipes. Helen has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and has earned various industry certifications. She serves on the State of Ohio CyberOhio Advisory Board, the Manufacturing and Digital USA Cybersecurity Advisory Board, and the Ohio State University College of Electrical and Computer Engineering Industry Advisory Board. She is a faculty member for the Digital Director’s Network, and the Educause Leadership Institute.


May 20, 2024


Whole of State: Leveraging Security Platforms in Government

3 min read

The Whole of State program is now providing State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program funds to measure the cybersecurity health of city and local agencies. Find out the three key areas you need to focus on to make it a success for your community.

March 7, 2024


Exploring Digital Transformation and AI in Higher Education: A Discussion with Cisco Education Experts

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Join Cisco education experts as they navigate the key tech trends on campuses worldwide. Hear about the latest trends and enhance your understanding of digital transformation, sustainability, security and more.

June 15, 2022


Progress and Emerging Headwinds: A Year After President Biden’s EO on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity

3 min read

On the one-year anniversary of President Biden’s “Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity," we assess federal agencies' progress towards improving the cybersecurity posture of federal networks, along with secure software development practices for its vendors.

January 26, 2022


How Well-integrated Tech Can Boost Your Organization’s Security

4 min read

With security teams stretched thin and ever-evolving threats looming, having a well-integrated #security tech stack is a critical step for increasing efficiency and accuracy. But where does your journey towards integration begin? Learn more in Part 2 of our #SecurityOutcomes Study blog series.

October 22, 2021


Zero Trust and the Federal Government: Feedback for Progress

3 min read

The Federal Government has published a number of guidance documents for Zero Trust. Cisco has provided comments to these drafts.