Rebecca Herold

IANS Faculty

    Rebecca is Founder, Owner, and CEO of Rebecca Herold, LLC aka The Privacy Professor®, an information security, privacy, IT, and compliance services firm. She also co-founded Privacy Security Brainiacs, a SaaS platform, early 2020 with her oldest son, Noah. Rebecca also serves as a Distinguished Ponemon Institute Fellow and as an Advisory Board Member for multiple technology businesses and startups. Additionally, Rebecca serves as an expert witness for diverse cases, is an advisor on multiple high school and college/university curriculum and program boards, and hosts a VoiceAmerica radio show called “Data Security & Privacy with the Privacy Professor.”

    • Privacy
    • Data, Application, and Network Security
    • Training & Awareness
    • Risk Management
    • Vendor Management

    Achievements & Contributions

    • Top 3 finalist for the Cyber Security Woman of the Year 2020 in the Cybersecurity or Privacy Woman Law Professional category
    • Current SME on the NIST IoT Cybersecurity Development Team
    • SME on the NIST Privacy Framework Team (2018 – 2020)
    • Leader of the NIST Smart Grid CSWG Privacy Research Group (2009-16)
    • Member of the NIST Smart Grid CSWG Cyber Security Research Group (2009-16)
    • Founding Member of the IEEE P1912 Standard for Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices group
    • Member of ISACA’s International Privacy Task Force ((2012 – 2017)
    • Winner of Computerworld’s Best Privacy Advisers Award (2007, 2008, 2010)
    • Author of 20 published books and hundreds of articles and book chapters
    • Author of the “Governance” section of the ISACA CDPSE Certification Body of Knowledge Reference (publishing before the end of 2020)
    • Former Adjunct Professor at Norwich University’s MS in Information Security & Assurance program (2004-14)

    Certifications & Credentials

    • MA, Computer Science & Education – University of Northern Iowa
    • BS, Mathematics & Computer Science – University of Central Missouri
    • CISSP – (ISC)2
    • FLMI – Life Office Management Association

    Hobbies & Fun Facts

    In her free time, Rebecca enjoys renovating old houses, farming, gardening, writing, and traveling. She also enjoys watching Iowa State University football and basketball in addition to the Kansas City Chiefs and spending time with her Doberman, Jesse.