Dr. Nicole L. Beebe

Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor | Director, The Cyber Center for Security & Analytics
Professor & Chair, Department of Information Systems & Cyber Security, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Title: Insider Threat – Who, Why, and the Role Dig

Insiders are an age-old problem — one that is not going away and technology is making it even easier for insiders to wreak havoc in organizations. Digital forensics practitioners are increasingly being called in to analyze trace evidence for exfiltration attribution. This talk will briefly discuss who insiders are, their motivations, and their targets. Then it will illuminate the vital role digital forensics research needs to play in the fight against insiders. It will discuss the importance of a forensics based approach to detection and discuss some advances in this space.  Last, the talk will discuss the next insider — technology itself. As artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Industry 5.0, the human is not the only insider we need to be concerned with.


Nicole Lang Beebe, Ph.D. is the Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor and a Professor of Cyber Security, at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She is the Director of The Cyber Center for Security and Analytics at UTSA and the Department Chair for the Information Systems & Cyber Security Department. Dr. Beebe’s research interests relate to cybersecurity, cyber analytics, digital forensics, and data analytics with applications to insider threat detection and analysis, IoT security and forensics, and cyber threat hunting. She has published approximately 50 peer-reviewed articles in top journals and conferences that have been cited over 1,000 times. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, various Department of Defense agencies, several industry partners, and has resulted in a patent-pending cyber search algorithm and multiple software platforms.
Dr. Beebe received her Ph.D. in Information Technology from UTSA, an M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. She has over twenty years of experience in cybersecurity and digital forensics, in both the commercial and government sectors. She was a computer crime investigator for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations from 1998-2007. She worked in industry as a senior network security engineer for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). She has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 2001. She has served as a board member on several national level professional associations and consortiums. She serves on the board of referees, reviewers, and/or technical program committees for approximately ten peer-reviewed journals and conferences dedicated to advancing the state of the art and knowledge in digital forensics and cybersecurity.