William J. “Bill” Britton is the Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Cal Poly, and Director of the California Cybersecurity Institute. As chief technologist, he’s responsible for managing the university’s information technology enterprise, while also building the California Cybersecurity Institute into a nationally-prominent education and research facility. Throughout his career, Britton has worked to research, develop, and implement new technologies. From the inception of “cyber,” he has been on the forefront of developing new cybersecurity concepts.
Before joining Cal Poly, Britton spent 3 years with Parsons, developing cyber strategy tools and processes for government, civil, and critical infrastructure clients. He was first introduced to cybersecurity during his 20-year career as an Intelligence Officer and an Electronic Warfare Officer in the United States Air Force. During his time with the Air Force, Britton became Director of Mission Planning, a technology-driven role that highlighted his skills as a self-starter and risk-taker. Britton has a Master’s Certificate in Program Management from Villanova University, a Master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence from Joint Military Intelligence College, a Master’s degree in History from California State University, Stanislaus, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Elon University.