Susan Landau

Tufts University

Susan Landau is Bridge Professor in Cyber Security and Policy at The Fletcher School and the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University. She works at the intersection of privacy, cybersecurity, and national security, law. Landau is the author of four books, including People Count: Contact-Tracing Apps and Public Health (2021), Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age (Yale University Press, 2017), Surveillance or Security: Risks Posed by New Communications Technologies (MIT Press, 2011), and co-author, with Whitfield Diffie, Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption (MIT Press, 1998. Landau has testified before Congress and frequently briefed US and European policymakers on encryption, surveillance, and cybersecurity issues. She was a Senior Staff Privacy Analyst at Google, a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, and a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Wesleyan University. Landau currently serves on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Committee on International Security Studies, and has served on the National Academies Forum on Cyber Resilience, the Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Science Foundation Computer and Information Advisory Board, and NIST's Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. Landau is a 2008 recipient of the Women of Vision Social Impact Award, a 2010-2011 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a 2012 Guggenheim fellow, 2015 inductee to the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame, and a 2018 inductee into the Information System Security Hall of Fame. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from USENIX in 2023.

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