Susan Landau

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Susan Landau (born June 3, 1954, New York City[1]) is an American mathematician, engineer, cybersecurity policy expert, and Professor of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.[2][3] She previously worked as a Senior Staff Privacy Analyst at Google.[4] She was a Guggenheim Fellow[5] and a Visiting Scholar at the Computer Science Department, Harvard University in 2012.[6]

Career[edit]

Landau received her Bachelor's at Princeton (1976), her Master's at Cornell (1979), and her PhD at MIT (1983).[2]

In 2010–2011, she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, where she investigated issues involving security of government systems, and their privacy and policy implications.[7]

From 1999 until 2010, she specialized in internet security at Sun Microsystems.[8]

In 1989, she introduced the first algorithm for deciding which nested radicals can be denested, which is known as Landau's algorithm.[9]

In 1972, her project on odd perfect numbers won a finalist position in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search.[10] Outside of her technical work, she is interested in the issues of women in science, maintaining the ResearcHers Email list, a "community dedicated to supporting women new to research in computing",[11] and an online bibliography of women's writing in computer science.[12] She was awarded the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Social Impact.[13] She has been a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1999,[14] and in 2011 she was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[15] In October of 2015, Landau was inducted into the National Cybersecurity Hall of Fame.[16]

Involvement with FBI v. Apple case[edit]

Landau gave testimony in the FBI-Apple encryption dispute between 2015 and 2016.[17] She is the co-author of “Keys Under Doormats: Mandating Insecurity by Requiring Government Access to All Data and Communications,” which received the 2015 J.D. Falk Award from the Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group. The Obama administration gave substantial credit to this report’s analysis when it announced that it would not pursue exceptional access to phone data.[18]

Landau testified that making iPhones less secure would simply send terrorists and bad actors running toward options that the FBI and Congress had no control over. Compelling Apple to weaken its software would "weaken us, but not impact the bad guys."[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Contemporary authors: a bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television and other fields, Gale Research Co., 1998, p. 195.
  2. ^ a b "Susan Landau – Worcester Polytechnic Institute". Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Cybersecurity Bill Would Shift Power Away From NSA". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Susan Landau Biography on PrivacyInk.org". Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  5. ^ "List of Guggenheim Fellowships awarded in 2012". Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  6. ^ Susan Landau at LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=65543255
  7. ^ "Susan Landau – Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study – Harvard University". Harvard University. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Susan Landau". Sun Microsystems. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  9. ^ S. Landau, "Simplification of Nested Radicals", SIAM Journal of Computation, volume 21 (1992), pages 85–110.[1]
  10. ^ "Susan Landau: Toward Perfect Internet Security". Scientific American. September 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  11. ^ "ResearcHers Email List". Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  12. ^ "The Book List: Computer Science Books by Women Computer Scientists". Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  13. ^ "Women of Vision awards presented at Anita Borg Institute banquet". Diversity/Careers. Diversity/Careers. August–September 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "AAAS Fellow / Susan Landau". aaas.org. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  15. ^ "ACM: Fellows Award / Susan Landau". Fellows.acm.org. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  16. ^ "Keep smartphones backdoor free, urges cybersecurity expert Susan Landau". techrepublic.com. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  17. ^ "Keep smartphones backdoor free, urges cybersecurity expert Susan Landau". techrepublic.com. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  18. ^ "Susan Landau, Professor of Cybersecurity Policy, to be Inducted into the Cyber Security Hall of Fame". wpi.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  19. ^ "Apple and FBI Take Their iPhone Hacking Fight to Congress". Wired Magazine. March 1, 2016. 

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