Ask The Experts: Cybersecurity

Leaders in the field are here to answer your questions

20 February 2015

The Institute’s March special report highlights the important role IEEE can play in improving cybersecurity to help thwart attacks through its year-old Cybersecurity Initiative. Its first project was to launch the IEEE Center for Secure Design, which identified common design flaws and released a report on what they are and how to avoid them. The March issue also covers a proposed framework that addresses vulnerabilities in mobile devices and apps as well as how to increase the number of qualified specialists in the cybersecurity field.

Here to answer your cybersecurity questions are three leading experts. To participate, submit your questions to them in the comments section below or tweet them to us @IEEEInstitute. A selection of questions and their answers will be published on our site on 31 March.


IEEE Senior Member Greg Shannon is chair of the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative. As the chief scientist of CERT, part of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, in Pittsburgh, his job is to help the United States stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals. Shannon says cybersecurity today involves much more than just defensive measures. It is also vital for organizations to build secure foundations and anticipate security challenges, which includes designing secure code, finding software vulnerabilities, and identifying possible threats from inside an organization.


IEEE Fellow Michael Waidner is the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology in Darmstadt, Germany, a leading organization for IT security solutions. He is also a professor of security in IT at the Technische Universität, also in Darmstadt. In addition, he oversees the European Center for Security and Privacy by Design and the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt, both of which focus on securing IT systems from start to finish. Waidner is an advisor to the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative.  


Anuja Sonalker is a lead scientist and program manager of the Cyber Innovation Unit at Battelle, the world’s largest nonprofit research company for technology development and the commercialization of new products, based in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, she is focused on identifying new areas of security threats and deployable solutions to fix them, including potential threats to connected vehicles. She was the publicity chair for the 35th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy held in May. She is also a physical systems security expert for the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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