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Interdisciplinary Management Research on Cloud Security




15: Management

Faculty Supervisor:

Stuart Madnick

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Project Description

Cybersecurity has a critical role in today’s digital society, yet managers and leaders are often at a loss when it comes to keeping their organizations secure. Without effective strategies and plans to manage risks in cybersecurity, managers can jeopardize their entire organization. Making the right decisions in cybersecurity requires more than just making decisions about the latest technology. Research has shown that the majority of cyber breaches occur because of accidental or malicious human error. Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS) fills a critical need for leaders and managers of cybersecurity by focusing on managerial, strategic, and organizational issues. We seek undergraduate researchers interested in creating the latest and greatest ideas in cybersecurity. We have several opportunities for interested UROP students. Some active projects are listed here but we have other projects for motivated students. Contact us if you are interested in knowing more. 1) Cloud Security: The team is looking for a highly motivated UROP student to help with a new research project on cloud security. This project will focus on the business and technical risks associated with utilizing public clouds such as Amazon Web Service, Microsoft Azure, and the Google Cloud Platform. The student will work closely with researchers helping with main project goals as well as in a support function through literature reviews and data analysis. The candidate should be comfortable summarizing and synthesizing large amounts of information into condensed presentations or documents. Excellent writing and communication skills required, with a desire to work in cybersecurity preferred. Relevant URL: You will be working with Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (https://cams.mit.edu). Please email Matt Maloney (maloneym@mit.edu) with 1) your CV, 2) a short writing sample (can be something you’ve written for another class or project and 3) a brief description of your interest in the project. Feel free to ask questions.


We need students who are self-starters and who will take the initiative to accomplish projects. Required skills include: attention to details, critical thinking, excellent reading comprehension, writing skills, and communication skills. A familiarity with cybersecurity is a helpful but not required—you will learn on the job. We are particularly interested in working with motivated and organized students who are committed to doing research. This role will be open during IAP and through the Spring semester.