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Maryann Lawlor

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Maryann Lawlor
Director of Communications
Truth is, I became a writer because in high school, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. I still don’t know. But I figured that, while I couldn’t commit to being a doctor or teacher for the rest of my life, I could write about doctors and teachers and cars and housework…oh, how the list goes on…and, OK, so Watergate was really big at the time.

But then, life happened. I met my husband during my first week at Marquette University and we married five years later. In 1983, we had our first of two sons, and I was fortunate enough to be able to be a stay-at-home mom. In 1992, I answered a classified ad for a publication assistant at AFCEA. I’d been out of the work force for nine years, and a “little thing” called personal computers had the nerve to move into offices while I wasn’t looking. But I couldn’t have landed in a better place. Rob Robinson, SIGNAL’s editor in chief at the time, allowed me to write for SIGNAL Magazine from time to time…and I learned. Since then, I’ve worked on a Mac at the office and a PC at home. I’ve had the opportunity to write about artificial intelligence, UAVs, satellites…oh how the list goes on.

Sometimes, people are impressed when I tell them I’m a journalist. I explain that, like most people, I hate to write…I like to have written. What I do enjoy is interviewing people who are passionate about what they do. And there are no more dedicated people in this world than members of the military.

My Recent Content:

NIST Seeks Input on App Testing
August 22, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is preparing recommendations to help organizations leverage the benefits of mobile apps while managing their risks.

Fly Through Customs
August 13, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

U.S. Customs and Border Protection now offers an app that expedites the entry process for U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors into the United States.

The Bottom Line: The World Is Full of Journalists
August 13, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

New media entrants have quietly emerged: John Q. Public as the on-the-spot reporter.

Nearly 70 Percent of Critical Infrastructure Providers' Information Systems Have Been Breached in Past Year
July 10, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Only 6 percent of power and water companies say they provide cybersecurity training to all employees.

After the Storm: Calm or Paralysis?
July 9, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The 2013 U.S. Defense Department’s budget woes have been called “the perfect storm,” but it’s time to come out of the storm cellar.


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