Rebecca Herold 2018 web cropped


Rebecca is founder (2004) and CEO of The Privacy Professor consultancy and CEO of the Privacy Security Brainiacs SaaS services business she founded in 2020 with her son Noah, with over 25 years of systems engineering, information security, privacy & compliance experience. Rebecca has authored 20 books, just finishing the 20th published by CRC Press titled, “Security & Privacy when Working from Home & Travelling.” She has also written dozens of book chapters and hundreds of articles, and has received numerous awards, including being a top 3 Cybersecurity & Privacy Woman Law Professional of 2020, and being named a top female fighting cybercrime in 2019. Rebecca has her own radio/podcast show, Data Security and Privacy with the Privacy Professor on Voice America. Rebecca also serves as an expert witness and has keynoted on 5 continents. Rebecca is a subject matter expert (SME) in the NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program team, prior to that was a SME member of the NIST Privacy Framework team, and led the NIST Smart Grid privacy team for 8 years. Rebecca was Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for 9 years. Rebecca has earned 10 professional certifications (FIP, CISSP, CIPP/US, CIPT, CIPM, CISM, CISA, FLMI, Ponemon Institute Fellow, and CDPSE pending). Rebecca has Masters and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics and Education, and lives in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.