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

  • Casting the Dark Web in a New Light

    By examining cybercrime through a value-chain lens, we can better understand how the ecosystem works and find new strategies for combating it.


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  • Cybersecurity Isn’t Just for ‘Tech People’ Anymore. Here’s Why.

    This article discusses why Cybersecurity Leadership for Non-Technical Executives is an important course for any leader within an organization - not just for those within the IT department.


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  • Take Back Your Privacy: Hiding Your Digital Footprints

    Privacy experts, including Keri Pearlson, recommend a number of ways to protect yourself while surfing the Internet.


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  • 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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Cybersecurity Leadership for Non-Technical Executives Nov 14-15, 2019 | Apr 7-8, 2020 | Jun 11-12, 2020 | Oct 27-28, 2020

Cybersecurity for Managers: A Playbook (online) Feb 19-Apr 7, 2020 | Apr 22-Jun 9, 2020 | Jun 24-Aug 11, 2020

Fighting cybercrime requires a new kind of leadership

In today’s landscape of escalating cybercrime, resiliency calls for a new kind of leadership and cybersafe culture, requiring the active engagement of both technical and non-technical management.

How to survive a hack: Management trumps technology

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