Bhavani Thuraisingham

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow

Bhavani Thuraisingham, DEng, is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Thuraisingham is the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the executive director of UTD’s Cyber Security Research and Education Institute. She is also a visiting senior research fellow at Kings College, University of London. Her research is on integrating cyber security and data science. Prior to joining UTD she worked at the MITRE Corporation for 16 years including a three-year stint as a program director at the NSF where she was part of the cyber trust theme. Prior to MITRE, she worked for the commercial industry for six years including at Honeywell. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the IEEE CS 1997 Technical Achievement Award, the ACM SIGSAC 2010 Outstanding Contributions Award, 2013 IBM Faculty Award, 2017 ACM CODASPY Research Award, and 2017 IEEE CS Services Computing Technical Committee Research Innovation Award. She is a 2003 fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS and a 2005 fellow of the British Computer Society. She has published over 120 journal articles, 250 conference papers, 15 books, has delivered over 130 keynote addresses, and is the inventor of five patents. She co-chaired the Women in Cyber Security conference (WiCyS) in 2016. She received her earned higher doctorate degree (DEng) at the University of Bristol, England in secure data management. She will be focusing on cyber security workforce development as well as on policy issues related to cyber security analytics during her fellowship year.