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:

IARPA Searches for Cyber Attack Prediction
February 26, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Office for Anticipating Surprise has initiated a competition for its Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment (CAUSE) program, which aims at discovering ways to anticipate cyber attacks before they occur.

NSA Announces Cybersecurity Contest
February 24, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

The National Security Agency’s third annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper competition is now open. Deadline for submissions is March 31.

Navy and Academia Enter Symbiotic Relationship
February 10, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The University of Virginia’s Applied Research Institute has signed an agreement with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division to support a variety of research efforts, including cybersecurity and big data analytics. 

The Bottom Line: Privacy Piracy? Not Really
January 30, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Privacy hasn't disappeared. We've been handing it over bit by bit for years.

Insider Threat to Systems Growing
January 29, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

A survey of 200 federal government, military and intelligence information technology and information technology security professionals shows that staff members pose a larger threat to computer systems than external threats.


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