@Sarah Cortes, MS, PMP, CISA, is President of Inman Technology. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and holds an M.S. from Boston University, in Computer Science, Information Security. She is a PhD candidate in the Information Assurance program at Northeastern University’s College of Computing and Information Science, and also studies Forensic Science at Boston University Medical School. As a Senior Vice President for Security, IT Audit and Disaster Recovery at Putnam Investments, a major global asset management firm and subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan, Sarah oversaw Putnam’s recovery on 9/11 when parent company Marsh & McLennan’s World Trade Center 99th floor data center was destroyed. She also supervised over 65 IT audits per year in that capacity. As a senior executive and later consultant responsible for Putnam’s and other Fortune 500 firms, Sarah managed major applications development, data center and other operations, staff and budgets.
Sarah has several publications in journals and conferences on the darknet, computer security and privacy, including MLAT.is World Treaty Cartel Internet Overlay for Digital Traffic Analytics, featured in the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST17). She regularly serves as a referee for Computers & Security Journal.
A former analyst for the US Department of Energy, she led the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Working Group sub-team, as co-author of the 2014 NIST: Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security: Vol. 2, Privacy and the Smart Grid, as well as the 2010 volume, that created the security and privacy laws section of the report. She served on the privacy use cases team for two years and the NIST cybersecurity working group (CSWG) on Smart Grid privacy for seven years. She has co-led Northeastern University Law School Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) clinics on surveillance law and online privacy tools and technology, as well as an MIT Co-Design Studio class at MIT Media Lab. She has helped draft data breach laws, and testified before the Massachusetts legislature and regulatory agencies.
In addition to her work on various industry standards bodies, Sarah serves on the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group as subcommittee lead on research and use cases. In her work to help end domestic violence and abuse, including cyberstalking and abuse through technology, Sarah serves on the Boards of Emerge, the first Abuser Intervention Program (BIP)(Vice President and Clerk), and Transition House, one of the first domestic abuse shelters.