Susan Landau is Professor of Cybersecurity Policy in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and holds a Visiting Professor appointment in the Computer Science Department at University College London.
Landau has been a senior staff Privacy Analyst at Google, a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, and a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Wesleyan University. She has also held visiting positions at Harvard, Cornell, Yale and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.
Landau is the author of Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies (MIT Press, 2011) and co-author, with Whitfield Diffie, of Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption (MIT Press, 1998, rev. ed. 2007). She has written numerous scientific and policy research papers, and has also published in other venues, including Science, Scientific American and the Washington Post.
Landau has testified in Congress on cybersecurity and on electronic surveillance. Landau currently serves on the Computer Science Telecommunications Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and has previously served on the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. A 2012 Guggenheim fellow, Landau was a 2010-2011 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award, and is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery. She received her BA from Princeton, her MS from Cornell and her PhD from MIT.