Alumni Meet with Estonian Cybersecurity Expert

Cybersecurity expert Joe Carson, visiting from Estonia, spent an evening at the Arlington campus with a group of alumni from the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems program.  During a roundtable discussion, the group compared U.S. to European approaches to cybersecurity.

Joe Carson without fifth personThe late June meeting was a reunion of sorts for the group since participants had first met with Carson in his native Estonia, while the class of 2016 was visiting on an international residency. (Pictured, from left, are Professor J.P. Auffret, Kevin Donohue, Aref Zahed and Joe Carson.)

Carson heads up his own cybersecurity company in Tallinn, Estonia, where he works with cybersecurity startups and more established companies such as Thycotic. He was previously the vice president of product development at Guardtime and also held several positions at Symantec.

Carson says he is concerned that cybersecurity threats are increasing at an alarming rate, but remains passionate about “making the world a safer place for future generations.” He feels that it is important for industry experts to collaborate with universities, where he finds a rich environment of “creative ideas and different perspectives on incidents and breaches.”

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Mary Crowson

Mary Crowson is a program operations specialist for the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative within George Mason's School of Business.

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