The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Wen Masters - MITRE

Students: Spring 2024, unless noted otherwise, sessions will be virtual on Zoom.

Cyber Risk Analysis for Critical Infrastructure

Nov 08, 2023

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 This is a hybrid event. Students are encouraged to attend in person: STEW 209.
Operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS) need innovative cybersecurity solutions that go beyond compliance-based security controls in order to be more resilient against increasing cyber threats.  This talk describes MITRE Infrastructure Susceptibility Analysis (ISA) that helps ICS/OT organizations to effectively assess risk and prioritize mitigations.

About the Speaker

Wen Masters
As a science and technology leader and strategist, Dr. Wen Masters' career has spanned 30+years with government, academia, R&D centers, and not-for-profit organizations, leading impactful science and technology research and development.                    

Currently, Wen is Vice President for Cyber Technologies at the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that manages six federally funded research and development centers with a mission to solve problems for a safer world. In this role, Wen drives MITRE's cybersecurity strategy, champions for MITRE's cybersecurity capabilities, and oversees MITRE's innovation centers with a team of 1,200 professionals developing innovative technologies that address the nation's toughest cyber challenges to deliver capabilities for sponsors and public.

Before joining MITRE, Wen was Deputy Director of Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute.She oversaw research in data science, information science, communications, computational science and engineering, quantum information science, and cybersecurity.

Prior to Georgia Tech, Wen spent more than two decades as a federal government civilian and a member of the Senior Executive Service of America at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, she served as the Lead Program Director for the Math Priority Area and a Managing Director for two Mathematical Sciences Institutes. At ONR,she led the Navy's Integrated Science and Technology research and development portfolio in applied mathematics, computer science and engineering, information science, communications,machine learning and artificial intelligence, electronics, and electrical engineering, as well as their applications for war fighting capabilities and national security. For the impact of her efforts, the Navy honored Wen with many awards, including the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the highest honorary award given by the Secretary of the Navy.                    
Before her long career in the federal government, Wen worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California where she was responsible for orbit determination for NASA's deep space exploration missions, including Magellan, Galileo, and Cassini.                    

Wen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Naval Studies Board, Board of Trustees of the UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, and External Advisory Board of the Texas A&M University Global Cyber Research Institute.

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