As the chief information security officer (CISO) for USC, Gus Anagnos is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction on cybersecurity. He oversees key security initiatives, including the three-year intensive transformation of USC’s cybersecurity environment, continuous vulnerability scanning and remediation, and cybersecurity awareness and training. He and his team collaborate with advisory groups across the university to develop, promote, and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive cybersecurity program.
Anagnos is an information security professional with more than nineteen years of experience in application security, vulnerability detection and management, crisis management, electronic crime and threat intelligence, business continuity management, and information risk management. Prior to joining USC in 2017, he served as vice president of global alliances at Synack, Inc., a computer and network security firm delivering crowd-sourced security testing, whose clients include leading Fortune 500 companies, the Department of Defense, and the Internal Revenue Service. Previously, Anagnos had held leadership positions in information security at organizations such as eBay, PayPal, IndyMac Bancorp, and General Motors Corporation, where he created and led key transformational programs, such as the PayPal Bug Bounty Program.
Anagnos holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University, Long Beach, and is a USC alumnus, having earned an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.