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Susan Landau

Dr. Susan Landau

Professor of Cybersecurity Policy
Department of Social Science and Policy Studies
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Susan Landau is a professor of cybersecurity policy in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Visiting Professor in Computer Science at University College London. Landau works at the intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law, and policy. Her insights on encryption policy, law-enforcement requirements for embedding surveillance within communication infrastructures, and securing private-sector telecommunications have deeply influenced policy makers and scholars. Landau's book Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies (MIT Press) won the 2012 Surveillance Studies Book Prize, while Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption (MIT Press), co-authored with Whitfield Diffie, won the 1998 Donald McGannon Communication Policy Research Award, and the 1999 IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession (revised edition, 2007). Landau has testified to Congress, written for the Washington Post, Science, and Scientific American, and frequently appeared on NPR. Landau has been a senior staff privacy analyst at Google, a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, and a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Wesleyan University. Landau was inducted into the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame in 2015. She was a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2010-2011 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award; she is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. She is a former member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board and a current member of the Academies Forum on Cyber Resilience. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.S. from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 1983.