Dr. Diana Burley
Dr. Diana Burley
Associate Professor
The George Washington University

Diana L. Burley is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University (GW). Prior to joining the GW faculty, she served as a Program Officer at The National Science Foundation (NSF) where she managed multi-million dollar grant programs designed to increase the capacity of the U.S. higher education enterprise to produce scientists. At NSF, she served as the lead program officer of the Cyber Corps© program and based on her work, Dr. Burley was honored by the Federal Chief Information Officers (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 has been twice appointed (2012, 2013) to the State of Virginia Joint Commission on Technology & Science (JCOTS) Cyber Security Committee – an advisory committee that issues reports and recommendations (including legislation) to the Virginia General Assembly ( She currently serves as co-Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee “Professionalizing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce: Criteria for Future Decision Making. (” This committee is considering approaches to increasing the professionalization of the nation's cybersecurity workforce. She is the recipient of numerous NSF awards and is currently the Principal Investigator of “HOLISTiC,” the sole NSF pilot doctoral-level Executive Cyber Corps© scholarship program (NSF Award #1241647). HOLISTiC is developing public sector cybersecurity leaders who are well versed technical cybersecurity concepts, the organizational and behavioral phenomena that will impact the successful implementation of cybersecurity initiatives, and advanced research and analytical skills that will allow them to adapt strategies in the face of evolving and increasingly complex threats. She is also the Co-Principal Investigator for Research of the $5 million NSF-funded (NSF Award#1204533) National CyberWatch Center (NCC). The research mission of NCC is to advance cybersecurity education by leading collaborative research efforts to strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.

Dr. Burley serves as a GW representative to the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) – a consortium of leading institutions dedicated to strengthening the cyber infrastructure of the United States, as an advisory board member of the GW Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute (CSPRI), and as a research fellow in the GW Institute for Public Policy (GWIPP). She holds a BA in Economics from the 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 and Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow in Public Policy.

Speaking Schedule
Tuesday, September 17, 3:00-3:55pm - Holistic Cyber Security Education: Balancing Breadth and Depth (1st panel)
Tuesday, September 17, 4:00-4:55pm - Holistic Cyber Security Education: Balancing Breadth and Depth (2nd panel)
Thursday, September 19, 10:50-11:45pm - The Role of NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers in National Cybersecurity Education Efforts