Science Talent Search – 1972
About Susan Landau
Susan Landau is a mathematician, engineer, author and international cybersecurity expert. As a professor of computer science and policy at Tufts University, Landau researches the intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law and government. Throughout her career, she has taught at multiple universities, analyzed privacy initiatives at Google and testified before the U.S. Congress on the risks of wiretapping. Landau is a recipient of the Anita Borg Women of Vision Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and is an inductee of the National Cybersecurity Hall of Fame. She competed in STS in 1972.
Science Talent Search 1972
Landau won third place at STS for her project on perfect numbers. During STS she said, “Some students today feel that science is a cold, hard-hearted creature, that cares not for man … I do not share this belief. I feel science is humane, and that greater knowledge can only benefit mankind.”
In 2016, Landau testified before Congress about smartphone encryption and the stakes involved in the security of mobile devices.
The Future of Cybersecurity
According to Landau, the future of cybersecurity depends on successful communication between technology experts and government officials, and recruiting more women to the field.Watch the video