Ashley Podhradsky

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Ashley Podhradsky, PhD is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Podhradsky is an associate professor of digital forensics in the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Science at Dakota State University. She is also the program coordinator of the MS in information assurance and computer security. Her research has been published in the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, Journal of Cyber Security, America’s Conference on Information Systems, Hawaii’s International Conference on Systems Science, among others. She has given invited speeches at several events including the Department of Justice, Google, Penn State, UC Berkeley, among other national, regional, and state organizations.

Podhradsky co-founded CybHER, an effort to increase diversity in cybersecurity. To support the efforts of CybHER, she received grants from the National Science Foundation, National Security Administration, American Association of University Women, and National Center for Women and Information Technology. One notable area of CybHER is the GenCyber Girls in CybHER Security camp, where Podhradsky is the camp director. Podhradsky volunteers her time for national and international events such as the IEEE Symposium of Security and Privacy, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS), and Advances in Security Education (USENIX). Her work was recognized by the EmBe organization when she was selected as the 2017 Young Women of Achievement.

Podhradsky received her doctoral degree from Dakota State University where her research focused on cybersecurity models for financial institutions. During her doctoral studies, she was honored with the Anita Borg scholarship from Google. She holds a bachelor’s degree in eCommerce and computer security and master’s degree in information systems.