Staff

Diana Burley

Executive Director

Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. is Executive Director and Chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and full professor of human & organizational learning at The George Washington University. She is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert who, in 2014, was named the cybersecurity educator of the year by the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) and as one of the top ten influencers in information security careers by Careers Info Security magazine. In 2013, she served as co-Chair of the US National Research Council Committee on Professionalizing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce and she currently co-chairs the ACM Joint Task Force on Security Education. Dr. Burley has written more than 60 publications on cybersecurity, information sharing, and IT-enabled change – including her 2014 co-authored book “Enterprise Software Security: A Confluence of Disciplines.” Prior to GW, she served as a program director at The National Science Foundation where she managed a multi-million dollar computer science education and research portfolio and led the CyberCorps program. Based on her work at NSF, she was honored by the Federal CIO Council and CISSE for outstanding efforts toward the development of the federal cyber security workforce. She served several years as research co-PI of the National CyberWatch Center and two appointments on the Cyber Security Advisory Committee of the Virginia General Assembly Joint Commission on Technology & Science (2012, 2013). Dr. Burley’s board service includes: AlphaTech Group, George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering Department of IS&T, Goodwill Industries International, Norfolk State University IA-REDI, and Open Mind. She holds a BA in Economics from the Catholic University of America; an M.S. in Public Management and Policy, an M.S. in Organization Science, and a Ph.D. in Organization Science and Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow.

David Balenson (SRI International)

Research Director

David Balenson is Vice-chair of the I3P and a Senior Computer Scientist in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International. Balenson works to drive R&D organizations and efforts to develop innovative solutions to challenging cybersecurity needs, and provides primary support for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) Cyber Security Division (CSD). His roles for CSD include technical support, subject matter expertise, and project management for programs including the Cyber Physical System Security (CPSSEC) program, the Automotive Cybersecurity Industry Consortium (ACIC), and the Transition to Practice (TTP) program. Balenson was the co-PI for the NSF-funded Cybersecurity Experimentation of the Future (CEF) project, a community-based effort to study current and expected cybersecurity experimentation infrastructure and to produce a strategic plan and roadmap for developing infrastructure that supports tomorrow’s research. Prior to his work at SRI, Balenson was a member of the Senior Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), where he was the CONOPS lead for JHU/APL’s DARPA-funded National Cyber Range (NCR) Phase II Prototype effort. Balenson has also served as Division Manager for SPARTA’s Security Research Division, which conducted fundamental and applied R&D for DARPA, DHS S&T, and other government customers; and as a Director at McAfee Research, where he helped direct advanced cyber security research, business development, marketing, and technology transfer activities for a leading cybersecurity company. Balenson has worked as an Associate Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University, teaching graduate-level courses on cryptography, network security, and advanced computer security research topics. Balenson hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Heather Drinan

Associate Director

Heather Drinan holds an AB from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Previously, she worked on committee staff at the US Senate, as a data analyst at the Drug Enforcement Administration, and as a communications consultant for William M. Mercer. Drinan has been at the I3P since July 2004.

Delores Gibson

Assistant Director of Operations

Delores Gibson was recruited for this position at the I3P after serving as a Program Manager within the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. She earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also supported the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering as their Associate Director.