Four questions for Stephanie Reel

Vice provost for information technology and chief information officer

1. What's at the top of your to-do list?

Image caption: Stephanie Reel with servers in the Mount Washington Data Center.

Image credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Safety, security, and finding innovative ways to produce efficiencies and productivity gains based on the wise use of technology. I also hope that our solutions will delight our faculty, students, and staff ... but that may be a bit overly optimistic.

2. What keeps you up at night?

I do worry about the next thing that might go "bump in the night"—those things that are not able to be anticipated, or prevented. A power outage, a flood or a fire, or a careless security breach could be devastating. It's a risky business.

3. What's in store 10 years from now?

I hope, and believe, that one of the more exciting information technologies that will emerge will be "smart visualization" of data, allowing us to instantaneously and astutely use information to make better-informed decisions. Without such a solution, we will be overwhelmed by the amount of information at our fingertips, or in front of our eyeballs.

4. Tell me something I don't know about Johns Hopkins.

Every day, we block more than 40,000 hacker attacks, and over the course of a month, we block more than 8 million potentially malicious email messages. The bad guys are getting more creative!