Keri Pearlson

Executive Director (IC)3
Management Science
Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity


Keri Pearlson

Keri Pearlson is the Executive Director of the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan: The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (IC)3  at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Pearlson has held positions in academia and industry including Babson College, The University of Texas at Austin, Gartner’s Research Board, CSC, and AT&T. She founded KP Partners, a CIO advisory services firm and the IT Leaders’ Forum, a community of next generation IT executives. She is the founding director of the Analytics Leadership Consortium at the International Institute of Analytics. Pearlson began her career at Hughes Aircraft Company as a systems analyst.

Pearlson's research spans MIS, business strategy, and organizational design. Her current research studies how organizations build a culture of cybersecurity and how organizations build trust to share mitigations for cyber breaches. She is the coauthor of Managing and Using Information: A Strategic Approach 6thed and of Zero Time: Providing Instant Customer Value. Her work has been published in the MIT Sloan Management ReviewThe Academy of Management ExecutiveInformation Resources Management Journal, and Harvard Business Publishing.

Pearlson holds a Doctorate in business administration (DBA) in MIS from Harvard Business School, and an MS in industrial engineering and BS in mathematics from Stanford. She is the founding president of the Austin Society for Information Management (SIM) and was named “2014 National SIM Leader of the Year.”

Faculty Media

  • How to survive a hack: Management trumps technology

    Companies must build a culture of security, or risk a disastrous attack on data and infrastructure.


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