Alfred Barker had a long distinguished military and higher education career before joining the University System of Georgia, Information Technology Services (USG/ITS) in November 2015. A former Marine, Alfred has 17 years of experience designing, planning, directing and coordinating activities in cybersecurity for higher education. He came to USG/ITS from the University of North Georgia where he was a principle member of their strategic leadership team. Alfred develops and manages cybersecurity governance, policies and procedures necessary to reduce or mitigate the loss of the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the information, and information system assets for the University System of Georgia.
Alfred is a member of the CISO Executive Network, InfraGard, INTERFACE-Atlanta, SANS.EDU, University System of Georgia’s CIO Security Advisory Group and Project Management Group. Alfred has a Master of Science in information security with academic honors from Lewis University and is a graduate of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Program 2015 and a member of EDUCAUSE HEISC. He also is a GIAC Information Security Professional, certified forensic examiner, and holds over 20 professional and technical certifications.
The University System is composed of 28 higher education institutions including research universities, comprehensive universities, state universities and state colleges. The Georgia Public Library System, encompassing approximately 389 facilities in 61 library systems throughout Georgia, is also part of the University System. Additionally, the University System includes the Georgia Archives which identifies, collects, manages, preserves, publicizes, and provides access to records and information of Georgia and its people.