Michael Farrell

Dr. Michael Farrell

Chief Scientist, Cyber Technology & Information Security Lab, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Dr. Michael Farrell is Chief Scientist of the Cyber Technology and Information Security Lab at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He leads applied research & development (R&D) programs that span four main areas of security: reverse engineering, vulnerability identification, and exploitation; resilient network systems engineering; malicious software analysis, threat intelligence and penetration testing; and multi-level, secure software systems and collaboration tools. Dr. Farrell also manages a portfolio of high-risk cyber security investments via the organization’s independent R&D program.

In addition to his leadership position at GTRI, Dr. Farrell is the Associate Director of the Institute for Internet Security & Privacy (IISP) at Georgia Tech. In this role he leads collaborative faculty teams from across a wide swath of the Georgia Tech community; including Business, Public Policy, Computer Science, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. These unclassified research programs go beyond emerging technologies to assessment of societal and geopolitical impact as well as impact on organizational strategy. His current focus is on creating a science of attribution and traceback for malicious cyber activity.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Farrell served in a number of technical operations and S&T positions within the Department of Defense. He has earned numerous government awards, including the Meritorious Unit Citation presented by the Director of National Intelligence for extraordinary teamwork in intelligence operations and a Special Achievement Award for outstanding individual research presented by the Director, NSA. Outside of his government service, Dr. Farrell was Director of Engineering for a cyber security startup and began his career at Intel Corporation.

Dr. Farrell sits on several advisory boards, including the intelligence science & technology experts group (ISTEG) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech as well as the Department of Information & Computer Science at the University of Hawai’i. Dr Farrell is a member of the IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE Honor Society), Theta Tau professional engineering fraternity, and a certified information systems security professional (CISSP). He holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Farrell has numerous publications in peer-reviewed technical journals on the topics of software engineering, network security, data modeling, and sensor exploitation.

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