Michael Farrell Named New Co-Director of IISP

Atlanta |  Sept. 6, 2017

Michael Farrell, Ph.D. and chief strategist of the Cybersecurity Information Protection and Hardware Evaluation Research (CIPHER) Lab, has assumed the role of co-director of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP) at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Farrell takes over for Bo Rotoloni, who helped establish the IISP in 2015 and recently was appointed director of Finance & Research Administration at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Farrell will have leadership co-responsibility with Professor Wenke Lee from the School of Computer Science for IISP budget, staff, and coordination of sponsored-research programs and related cybersecurity initiatives.

This additional responsibility aligns well with Farrell's work in the CIPHER Lab and his previous role within IISP, where he served as an associate director of attribution. In that role, Farrell led the largest research thrust of the IISP, and along with colleagues in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has won multi-million-dollar research awards over the past two years. In addition to being named GTRI’s most recent fellow earlier this year, Farrell serves as a cybersecuity expert for a number organizations, including DARPA ISAT study group, ONDI Intelligence Science & Technology Experts Group (ISTEG), and the Amazon AWS CyberSecurity Consortium.
"I’d like to offer my thanks to Bo for his vision and leadership of IISP," said Stephen E. Cross, executive vice president for research at Georgia Tech. "Bo was instrumental in the creation of the IISP more than two years ago, and along with Co-Director Wenke Lee in the School of Computer Science, has provided strong and steady leadership to this highly visible interdisciplinary research institute (IRI)."

Rotoloni worked to establish the structure of the IISP -- drawing GTRI and campus units together to build a world-class cybersecurity research pursuits while simultaneously managing tremendous growth in GTRI’s cyber research portfolio as Deputy Director for Research of the Information & Cyber Sciences Directorate (ICSD).

Farrell assumes his new role ahead of the IISP's flagship event, the 15th Annual Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit, which is dedicated to the theme of attribution this year and will be held Sept. 27. Researchers from Georgia Tech along with visiting speakers from Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Atlanta will deliver an in-depth examination of attribution: how to do attribution well, how to persuade others it was done well, and how to maximize the deterrence effect.