Antón Named as Technologist Advisor to U.S. National Security Court
Annie Antón, professor and chair of the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing, served on the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The commission issued its consensus report on Dec. 2. It addresses six imperatives and offers action items that can be implemented by President-elect Donald Trump and his team.
The commission was created in February by presidential executive order as part of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan. The group, which has been working since April, was tasked to make detailed recommendations on ways to strengthen cybersecurity in public and private sectors.
Annie I. Antón, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing, has been named a technologist advisor to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
Starting this month, Antón will assist the court in a part-time role. She is the only academic among the three technologists.
The FISC may receive assistance from an “amicus curiae” (friend of the court), who has expertise in privacy and civil liberties, intelligence collection, communications technology or other relevant areas.
“I am honored to be asked to assist with foreign intelligence cases that involve national security, cybersecurity and privacy,” Antón said. “Technologists play a vital role in helping the courts understand how complex systems operate in practice, in order to assure that systems comply with law.”
Antón, a Georgia Tech graduate, returned to serve as chair of the School of Interactive Computing from 2012 to 2017.
In 2016, she was one of 12 members of the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.