Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Johnson & Johnson

Gary B. Harbison

As the Chief Information Security Officer for Bayer, a leading global life sciences company, Gary Harbison leads the Cybersecurity Risk Management function (CSRM) with global ownership of Information Security, IT Risk Management, and protection of Bayer’s critical data and IT Assets. Through his leadership, Gary’s organization is responsible for the Global Information Security Strategy, IT Risk Management & Compliance, Security Education & Awareness, Cyber Defense, as well as Governance of the IT security controls. Gary and the CSRM teams are focused on managing Bayer’s Risks and Cyber Threats globally and enabling the business with pragmatic security solutions. Gary is also a member of the Global IT Leadership Team.

Gary has 27 years of overall IT experience, with 25 of those focused in the Information Security & Risk Management domain. This has included multiple global fortune 500 companies, as well as public sector experience with the US Department of Defense. His background has included technical experience, strategy and architecture focused roles, cyber and threat experience, and various leadership roles focused on building highly performing teams to drive the strategy and direction for Information Security while partnering with his customers to enable key business objectives. Gary received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis.

Gary is also active in the security community, including Advisory board positions for multiple Cybersecurity companies, as well as helping drive innovation through mentoring multiple Cybersecurity Startups and advising Venture Capital Investors and Accelerators. He is also active in the education domain assisting multiple Universities on the curriculum of their Computer Science & Cybersecurity programs and serving as an Adjunct Professor in the Cybersecurity Master’s Program at Washington University in St. Louis.