Diana Burley

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


Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. is executive director and chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and full professor of human & organizational learning at The George Washington University. She is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert who currently co-chairs the ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education.

In 2014, Dr. Burley was named the cybersecurity educator of the year and as one of the top ten influencers in information security careers. In 2013, she served as co-Chair of the US National Research Council Committee on Professionalizing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce. Dr. Burley has written more than 75 publications on cybersecurity, information sharing, and IT-enabled change.

Prior to joining GW, she managed a multi-million dollar computer science education and research portfolio and led the CyberCorps program for the National Science Foundation. She is the sole recipient of both educator of the year and government leader of the year awards from the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education and has been honored by the Federal CIO Council for her work on developing the federal cyber security workforce. She served two appointments on the Cyber Security Advisory Committee of the Virginia General Assembly Joint Commission on Technology & Science (2012, 2013) and has secured nearly $10 million in sponsored research support. Dr. Burley is a widely sought after speaker on cybersecurity workforce development, critical information infrastructure protection and the evolving cybersecurity landscape.

She holds a BA in Economics from the Catholic University of America; M.S. in Public Management and Policy, M.S. in Organization Science, and Ph.D. in Organization Science and 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.


CyCon US: International Conference on Cyber Conflict [October 2016, Washington, DC] – http://aci.cvent.com/events/cycon-u-s-2016-conference-on-cyber-conflict/...

CyberMaryland [October 2016, Baltimore, MD] – https://www.fbcinc.com/e/cybermdconference/

CYBERSEC EU [September 2016, Krakow, Poland] – http://cybersecforum.eu/en/

Blouin Creative Leadership Summit [September 2016, New York, NY] – http://www.creativeleadershipsummit.org

National Cyber Summit [June 2016, Huntsville, AL] – http://www.nationalcybersummit.com

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 will be testifying in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Research and Technology Subcommittee Hearing on Strengthening U.S. Cybersecurity Capabilities on Tuesday, February 14. The purpose of the hearing is to review and discuss cybersecurity policy recommendations provided by recent reports.

Dr. Diana Burley was quoted in GovInfoSecurity.com's IT Security Employment Soars to Record High.

The ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education, co-chaired by Dr. Diana Burley, has released CSEC2017 v. 0.5 for public review and comment. This is the first draft of the first set of global curricular guidelines in cybersecurity. The public review and comment period is open through February 15, 2017. Download the report and share your feedback.

Dr. Diana Burley presented on a panel titled Veterans and Information Security: America's Threat Experts hosted by the New York Information Security Meetup.

Congratulations to Dr. Diana Burley for being named Executive Women's Forum 2016 Woman of Influence-Public Sector/Academia

Co-presented by Alta Associates and CSO, the annual Women of Influence Awards honor four women for their accomplishments and leadership roles in the fields of Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy.