BA in History

Sean Sweeney, 2001

Sean Sweeney

BA History '01

Sean Sweeney is the Chief Security Advisor for the Americas in Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions Group. In this role, he is responsible for aligning and mobilizing the Americas team to deliver thought leadership and deep customer engagement in region. He is also responsible for regularly engaging with the security industry through public speaking, standards development, and advanced research, as well as providing strategic direction on products and services, and advising customer CXOs on security and compliance issues.

Sean joined Microsoft from the University of Pittsburgh where he was the Chief Information Security Officer. At Pitt, Sean was responsible for the strategic leadership of the information security and privacy protection programs for the university’s five campuses and 120,000 users. Sean is a previous principal and co-founder of a Pittsburgh-based eDiscovery startup. He was the Chief Information Officer for a national law firm based in Pittsburgh, and Litigation Support Applications Manager for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  

Sean believes his success in the technology field was enabled by what he learned at Mason, specifically the ability to conduct disciplined research and analysis and a mastery of oral and written communication skills.