Diana Burley

Diana Burley
Human & Organizational Learning
(571) 553-3761

Diana L. Burley is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University. She is a nationally recognized cybersecurity workforce expert and also has published extensively on public sector IT use, knowledge management and information sharing.

Prior to GW, she served as a Program Officer at The National Science Foundation where she managed a multi-million dollar computer science education and research portfolio and led the CyberCorps program. Based on her work at NSF, Dr. Burley was honored by the Federal CIO Council and the Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) for outstanding efforts toward the development of the federal cyber security workforce. Dr. Burley is the recipient of numerous NSF awards including PI of the Executive Cyber Corps program, and Research CoPI of the National CyberWatch Center.

In 2014, Dr. Burley was named the cybersecurity educator of the year by CISSE and one of the top ten influencers in information security careers by Careers Info Security magazine. She has been twice appointed (2012, 2013) to the Virginia General Assembly Joint Commission on Technology & Science Cyber Security Advisory Committee and served as co-Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee “Professionalizing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce.”

Dr. Burley serves as an elected member of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) executive committee; adviser to Careers Info Security magazine; the Advanced Mobility Academic Research Center, and the AlphaTech Group - a cybersecurity, big data analytics business consortium; and on the Goodwill Industries International Board of Directors.

She holds a BA in Economics from Catholic University of America; an M.S. in Public Management and Policy, an M.S. in Organization Science, and a Ph.D. in Organization Science & Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow.

Ph.D., Organization Science and Information Technology, Carnegie Mellon University
M.S., Organization Science, Carnegie Mellon University
M.S., Public Management and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
B.A., Economics, The Catholic University of America

National Research Council. Professionalizing the nation's cybersecurity workforce? Criteria for decision-making. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2013. (Co-chairs: Diana L. Burley, Seymour E. Goodman)

Ford, V., S. Swayze, and D. Burley. 2013. An exploratory investigation of the relationship between disengagement, exhaustion, and turnover intention among IT professions employed at a university. Information Resources Management Journal, 26(3).

Brown, S., A. Denis, D. Burley, and P. Arling. 2013. Knowledge sharing and knowledge management system avoidance: The role of knowledge type and the social network in bypassing an organizational knowledge management system. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(10).

Hoffman, L., D. Burley, and C. Toregas. March/April 2012. Holistically building the cybersecurity workforce. IEEE Security and Privacy, 10 (2).

Burley, D., C. Gnam, R. Newman, H. Straker. T. Babies. 2012. Leveraging higher education consortia for institutional advancement. International Journal of Education Management.

Burley, D. and M. Bishop. June 2011. Final Report: Summit of Education in Secure Software. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Burley, D. 2011. Recruiting, educating, and retaining cyber security professionals in the federal workforce: Lessons learned but not yet applied. The George Washington University Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute.

Burley, D. 2010. Information Visualization as a Knowledge Integration Tool. Journal of Knowledge Management Practice, 11 (4).

Burley, D. 2010. Penguin Life: An ethnographic study of emergent social behavior inside Club Penguin. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, 3 (2).

Burley, D. 2009. Negotiation and consensus building in synthetic worlds, in working through synthetic worlds, C. Smith, W. Kisiel, Jeffrey G. Morrison (Eds.). London: Ashgate.


Burley, D., I. Guzman, G. Pandit. 2010. Will they stay? Turnover intentions of future federal cyber corps members. Proceedings of the 2010 ACM SIGMIS Computing Personnel Research Conference.

In the News

Dr. Diana Burley gave the keynote address titled Global Cybersecurity Curricular Standards: Is It Time? at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama in June.

The Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) was awarded $350,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the development of comprehensive curricular guidelines in cybersecurity education. Dr. Diana Burley is the PI for the I3P. In addition, I3P hosted the 2016 International Security Education Workshop (ISEW). The workshop, sponsored by Intel and the National Science Foundation, convened members of academia, industry, and government to collaboratively engage with the development of cybersecurity curricular guidelines.

Dr. Diana Burley was quoted in FederalNewsRadio.com's DHS sweetens cyber workforce recruiting with new bonuses. The article was picked up as a featured news story on GW Today as well.