Dr. Ann Cox is a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency within the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dr. Cox manages the Application of Network Science - Predict, Assess Risk, Identify (and Mitigate) Disruptive Internet-scale Network Events (PARIDINE) program, which seeks to solve national security threats related to cyberspace.
Prior to her work at DHS, Dr. Cox spent sixteen years at the National Security Agency (NSA) where she worked in the office of Weapons and Space before returning to research, focusing on network measurement projects. She provided leadership and technical direction for projects involving coordination with domestic and international technical experts from multiple government agencies, academic institutions, and private companies. Before coming to NSA Dr. Cox taught full-time at Brigham Young University (BYU) for several years, and was the owner and purchasing agent for a small business. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from BYU, Master’s degree in Mathematics from Idaho State University, Master’s degree in Computer Science from James Madison University, and her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Auburn University. Dr. Cox is the mother of six and grandmother of eleven.
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