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Sarah Cortes is a PhD candidate in the Information Assurance program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Thomas H. Koenig. Sarah, MS, PMP, CISA, is President of Inman Technology. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and holds a master’s degree in computer science, information security from Boston University. She studies Forensic Science at Boston University Medical School. As a Senior Vice President for Security, IT Audit and Disaster Recovery at Putnam Investments, a major global asset management firm and subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan, Sarah oversaw Putnam’s recovery on 9/11 when parent company Marsh & McLennan’s World Trade Center 99th floor data center was destroyed. She also supervised over 65 IT audits per year in that capacity. As a senior executive and later consultant responsible for Putnam’s and other Fortune 500 firms, Sarah managed major applications development, data center and other operations, staff and budgets.
Sarah’s work on MLAT.is World Treaty Cartel Internet Overlay for Digital Traffic Analytics, is featured in the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST17). Sarah is the co-author, with Paul Syverson, Aaron Jaggard, Aaron Johnson (US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC) and Joan Feigenbaum (Yale University), entitled “20,000 in League Under the Sea, Anonymous Communication, Trust, MLATs, and Undersea Cables,” Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETS-15th International Symposium) (2015). She is also the author of the industry leading legal treatise, “Legalizing Domestic Surveillance: The Role of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties in Deanonymizing TorBrowser Technology,” in theRichmond Journal of Law and Technology, 22 Rich. J.L. & Tech. 2 (2016).
Together with Department Chair, Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Forensic Sciences and former Cellmark lab director Dr. Robin Cotton, Catherine Grgicak et al., Sarah implemented the nationally recognized DNA Mixtures online tool, with a grant from the US Department of Justice. DNA Mixtures was highlighted in the Executive Office of the President, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Report to the President: Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods in 2016.
A former analyst for the US Department of Energy, she led the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Working Group sub-team, as co-author of the 2014 NIST: Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security: Vol. 2, Privacy and the Smart Grid, as well as the 2010 volume, that created the security and privacy laws section of the report. She served on the privacy use cases team for two years and the NIST cybersecurity working group (CSWG) on Smart Grid privacy for seven years. She has co-led Northeastern University Law School Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) clinics on Surveillance Law, Privacy Tools, Tor and Domestic Surveillance, Domestic Terrorism and Privacy and Anonymity Technology, as well as a recent MIT Co-Design Studio class at MIT Media Lab on Domestic Surveillance, Domestic Terrorism, Privacy and Anonymity Technology and Tor. She has helped draft data breach laws, and testified before the Massachusetts legislature and regulatory agencies.
In addition to her work on various industry standards bodies, Sarah serves on the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group as subcommittee lead on use cases.
In her work to help end domestic violence and abuse, including cyberstalking and abuse through technology, Sarah serves on the Boards of Emerge, the first Abuser Intervention Program (BIP)(Vice President and Clerk), Transition House, one of the first domestic abuse shelters, and Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV).
You can follow her at @SarahCortes.
- MS, Boston University
- AB, Harvard University
- Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Field of Study: Information Assurance
- PhD Advisor: Thomas H. Koenig