Keri Pearlson


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Keri Pearlson is the Executive Director of the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan: The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (IC)3  at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Pearlson has held positions in academia and industry including Babson College, The University of Texas at Austin, Gartner’s Research Board, CSC, and AT&T. She founded KP Partners, a CIO advisory services firm and the IT Leaders’ Forum, a community of next generation IT executives. She is the founding director of the Analytics Leadership Consortium at the International Institute of Analytics. Pearlson began her career at Hughes Aircraft Company as a systems analyst.

Pearlson's research spans MIS, business strategy, and organizational design. Her current research studies how organizations build a culture of cybersecurity and how organizations build trust to share mitigations for cyber breaches. She is the coauthor of Managing and Using Information: A Strategic Approach 6thed and of Zero Time: Providing Instant Customer Value. Her work has been published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, The Academy of Management Executive, Information Resources Management Journal, and Harvard Business Publishing.

Pearlson holds a Doctorate in business administration (DBA) in MIS from Harvard Business School, and an MS in industrial engineering and BS in mathematics from Stanford. She is the founding president of the Austin Society for Information Management (SIM) and was named “2014 National SIM Leader of the Year.”


"Case Study: Responding to a Large-Scale Energy Delivery Sector Cyber Attack."

Keri Pearlson, Michael Sapienza, and Sarah Chou. In Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, Cambridge, MA: December 2019.

"Casting the Dark Web in a New Light."

Huang, Keman, Michael Siegel, Keri Pearlson, and Stuart Madnick. MIT Sloan Management Review, July 15, 2019.

"For What Technology Can’t Fix: Building a Model of Organizational Cybersecurity Culture."

Keman Huang and Keri Pearlson. In Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS- 2019), Honolulu, HI: January 2019.

"Trust and Collaboration to Enhance Cybersecurity."

Keman Huang, Keri Pearlson, and Stuart Madnick.

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