Dr. Limbago is a computational social scientist specializing in the intersection of technology, national security, and society. As the Vice President of Research and Analysis at Interos, Andrea leads the company’s research and analytic work regarding global supply chain risk with a focus on governance, cyber, economic, and geopolitical factors. She also oversees community engagement and corporate research partnerships with universities and think tanks and is a frequent contributor to program committees and mentorship and career coaching programs.
She has presented extensively at a range of academic, government, and industry conferences such as RSA, SOCOM’s Global Sync, BSidesLV, SXSW, and Enigma.
Her writing has been featured in numerous outlets, including Politico, the Hill, Business Insider, War on the Rocks, and Forbes. Andrea is also a Senior Fellow and Program Director for the Cyber and Emerging Technologies Law and Policy Program at the National Security Institute at George Mason and a Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. She is an industry advisory board member for the data science program at George Washington University, and is a board member for the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP).
She previously was the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru and Endgame. Prior to that, Andrea taught in academia and was a technical lead at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, where she earned the Command’s top award for technical excellence. Andrea earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Bowdoin College.
Rethinking Cyber Risk in a Reglobalized World
COVID-19 has exposed the fragility and insecurity of a hyper-globalized world system. The pandemic is accelerating global shifts and further entrenching disparate approaches to security, privacy, and data protection across the globe. From digital authoritarians and techno-nationalism to nascent signs of digital democracies, these distinct approaches significantly affect digital security and privacy risks.
We will briefly detail these competing digital frameworks, with a focus on their core components and current examples. Cyber attacks and disinformation remain persistent threats, but the range of risks expands beyond these usual suspects. We will explore the growing aperture of cyber risk considerations, including: government-mandated access to data, internet blackouts, evolving hardware regulations and pacts, and third-party and supply chain risks. As globalization continues to transform, it is essential to evolve cyber risk frameworks to account for these transformations in the ‘new normal’.