Cybersecurity Policy Career Panel

Join the Cybersecurity Policy Program for a career panel with three esteemed leaders, followed by career counseling with Tufts academic advisors.

  • Speakers Lauren Van Wazer – Vice President, Global Public Policy, Akamai Technologies; Maurice Turner – Senior Technologist, Center for Democracy and Technology; Taylor Reynolds – Technology Policy Director, Internet Policy Research Initiative, MIT. 
  • Date: October 16, 2019
  • Time: Career Panel 12:30 pm-1:30 pm; Counseling 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
  • Location: 205 Cabot Hall, Fletcher School

Speaker Bios

Lauren Van Wazer is Vice President for Global Public Policy at Akamai Technologies. She is a lawyer and engineer with 20 years of private sector and federal government experience in global public policy, legislation, and regulatory law for wide-ranging issues. Van Wazer has extensive expertise in Internet law and regulation, cybersecurity, privacy, telecommunications, and energy infrastructure. She has also served as head of public affairs for a federal agency.

Van Wazer boasts extensive experience in the high tech and telecommunications sectors. She started her career as a network engineer for AT&T and, after becoming a lawyer, worked as an appellate law clerk and for a top national law firm, Arnold & Porter. She was a senior leader on wireless (Wi-Fi and broadband) and homeland security policy issues at the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology, and then head of regulatory affairs at Cox Enterprises (the then $16B, 65,000 employee holding company for Cox Communications, as well as various broadcast TV, radio, newspapers, and automotive companies).

Van Wazer also worked at the White House on cybersecurity incident response and policy. She recently became a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), the gold standard technical credential for senior cybersecurity professionals.

Maurice Turner is a Senior Technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology. Turner boasts a unique mix of formal education and practical work experience in technology and local, regional, and national policy to the fellowship program. After earning a bachelor’s in political science from Cal State Fullerton, he went on to earn a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California focusing on emerging communication technologies, privacy, and civic engagement, and recently completed a graduate certificate in cybersecurity strategy at Georgetown University. Nearly a decade of municipal management experience is complemented by Turner’s numerous private-sector technology positions, fellowships, and internships.

As a TechCongress Congressional Innovation Fellow, he served the Republican staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (reporting to Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson) supporting on cybersecurity issues. His previous employers include the City of Newport Beach, EarthLink Municipal Networks, Center for Democracy and Technology, Coro Foundation, United Medical Center Hospital, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Apple. Turner has been a technology enthusiast for over 30 years and is committed to leveraging new technologies to increase government effectiveness and community engagement.

Taylor Reynolds is the Technology Policy Director for the Internet Policy Research Initiative at MIT. Reynolds leads the development of this interdisciplinary field of research to help policymakers address cybersecurity and Internet public policy challenges. He is responsible for building the community of researchers and students from departments and research labs across MIT, executing the strategic plan, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Initiative.

Reynold’s previous positions include: acting as a senior economist at the OECD, working at the International Telecommunication Union, the World Bank, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (United States). His current research focuses on three areas: everaging cryptographic tools for measuring cyber risk, encryption policy, and international AI policy.