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WICYS 2022
March 17-19

Keynote Speakers



Latanya Sweeney pioneered the field known as data privacy, launched the emerging area known as algorithmic fairness, and her work is explicitly cited in government regulations worldwide, including the U.S. federal medical privacy regulation (known as HIPAA). She is a recipient of the prestigious Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award, the American Psychiatric Association’s Privacy Advocacy Award, and has testified before government bodies worldwide. She earned her PhD in computer science from MIT in 2001; the first Black woman to do so.

Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Ms. Easterly was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day.

Before serving in her current role, Ms. Easterly was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks to the Firm.

Ms. Easterly has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism. She also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency.

A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Ms. Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Ms. Easterly was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.

A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ms. Easterly holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Ms. Easterly is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship.

Allison Miller serves as the Global Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Vice President for Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group. In addition to global cybersecurity, Allison has over 20 years of experience in health information systems and crisis management; serving as the Chief Privacy Officer of OptumHealth, Deputy Chief Privacy Officer for UnitedHealthcare and continues as a volunteer EMT serving global communities impacted by disasters.

Dr Squicciarini received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Milan, Milan, Italy, in February 2006. She is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Information of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Since 2019, Squicciarini currently also the Cyber Security Area in the College of IST. During 2006–2007, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Dr. Squicciarini is a Fulbright Scholar for US-UK Cybersecurity program. Squicciarini main research interests are in the area of data security and privacy, with emphasis on access control mechanisms. Squicciarini’s work currently focuses on data privacy and on the development of applied machine learning methods for scalable user-centered privacy protection. Further, she applies machine learning models and game theoretic algorithms toward detection and understanding of online deviance. Squicciarini’s work has been funded by industry and various funding agencies, including grants from the National Science Foundation (and a CAREER Award, 2015), Air Force, and Army Research Office. Squicciarini work has also been supported by Google and Hewlett-Packard Research Labs. Squicciarini published more than 80 contributions as papers in international conferences and journals, and she is associate editor for three IEEE and two ACM Transactions. She has supervised several Ph.D. and Master theses since joining Penn State.