Keri Pearlson

Faculty

Keri Pearlson

Get in Touch

Title

About

Academic Groups

Academic Area

Centers & Initiatives

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.”

Publications

"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.

Recent Insights

Ideas Made to Matter

Cybersecurity plans should center on resilience

Organizations must base their cybersecurity strategies on resilience — the ability to weather an attack with minimal damage to data, finances, and reputation.

Read Article

Executive Education

Executive Education Course

Cybersecurity for Managers

Minimizing cybercrime damage and disruption is not just the responsibility of the IT department; it’s every employee's job. There are managerial, strategic, and financial considerations in becoming cybersecure. This new online program helps you create a playbook with actionable next steps towards creating a more cyber-aware culture.

  • Oct 19-Dec 7, 2023
  • Feb 7-Mar 27, 2024
  • Jun 27-Aug 15, 2024
  • Apr 18-Jun 6, 2024
  • Sep 5-Oct 24, 2024
  • Nov 14, 2024-Jan 2, 2025
  • Mar 20-May 8, 2025
View Course
Executive Education Course

Cybersecurity Governance for the Board of Directors

This provides a holistic, enterprise approach to cybersecurity and data privacy. Course faculty are colleagues at Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS) research consortium, the only research group in the world that focuses entirely on the managerial side of cybersecurity. Topics covered include governance, protection and response, law and regulations, security strategy and culture.

  • Nov 28-30, 2023
  • Mar 19-21, 2024
  • Mar 20-22, 2024
  • Nov 4-5, 2024
  • Dec 9-11, 2024
View Course
Load More