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Randy Marchany

University Information Technology Security Officer
Randolph C. Marchany
Randy Marchany, University Information Technology Security Officer
IT Security Office and Lab
1300 Torgersen Hall
620 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Randy Marchany has been involved in the computer industry since 1972. He is currently the Virginia Tech Information Technology Security Officer and the Director of the Virginia Tech IT Security Lab.

Randy is one of the founding members of the US Cyber Challenge (USCC). The USCC mission is to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. He also designs the curriculum for these summer camps.

He was a member of the Center for Internet Security (CIS) development team that produced and tested the original CIS Unix and Windows 2000/XP security benchmarks and scoring tools. He is a member of the CIS working group that created version 8 of the CIS Security Controls.

He was a member of the White House Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security working group that developed a Consensus Roadmap for responding to the DDOS attacks of 2000. He has written or co-authored over 40 papers and articles on cybersecurity.

Randy is a former member of the REN-ISAC (Research, Education, Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center) board. He was a member of the EDUCAUSE security task force focusing on risk assessment and security metrics and a member of its Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC). 

He is an executive committee member of the Virginia Cyber Range. Randy is one of the founders of the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking, a consortium of security practitioners and researchers from the major universities in Virginia.


Randy received a 2021 SANS Difference Maker award. He was a recipient of the 2016 Shirley C. Payne IT Security Advancement award, the 2000 SANS Institute's Security Technology Leadership Award, the 2003 VA Governor's Technology Silver Award, a member of the team that won the EDUCAUSE Excellence in Information Technology Solutions Award in 2005 and a member of the Virginia Cyber Range team that won the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Technology Award for innovative use of technology in education. He is a co-holder of 3 cybersecurity patents.