Dr. Costis Toregas is the director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute at The George Washington University, where he manages and conducts education, research and service projects in cybersecurity and privacy. His current research interests include cybersecurity risk assessment and organizational strategies, the role of insurance in cyber risk management, the use of block chain in Disaster Risk Reduction, apprenticeships and exploring a fuller utilization of Community Colleges in cybersecurity workforce strategies. He is a consultant to the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center where he is responsible for international program expansion and East Coast representation to academia, industry and government. He serves on several non-profit boards including the National Cyber League, Ecocity Builders, Women in Cyber Security, and is a Trustee of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA.
He is a respected consultant to national governments and intergovernmental organizations, and a much sought-after speaker on the impact of technology on government and society. His experience in developing strategies for government innovation is reflected in the 30+ years he led the non-profit Public Technology Inc. which networked government innovators in technology and its applications in partnership with industry. He currently grounds his work in the reality of government as the IT adviser to the Montgomery County Council, Maryland, where he helps shape policy approaches for the $220m of IT expenditures in the County's $6B budget.
Dr. Toregas has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University. He is married to Catherine Chadley Toregas and has two children, Alexandra and Christopher.