Boston, 2018 x2, MA
Oct. 15-16, 2018

Margarita Gonzalez

Branch Chief, Socio-Technical Systems Division
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Margarita Gonzalez is a Branch Chief, Socio-Technical Systems Division, at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the applied research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Gonzalez is the Chief of the Policy & Usability Branch in the Socio-Technical Systems Division at GTRI. Her multi-faceted experience is shaped by her involvement in the development and implementation of projects/programs in health education and wellness, mental health, social services, and international development. Gonzalez has an advanced degree in International Affairs from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia with an emphasis in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  

Currently, Gonzalez co-leads a comprehensive, multi-year, multi-million-dollar software modernization and cloud migration effort in support of the U.S Army Community Services (ACS). She is responsible for: (1) Crafting the innovation and integration strategy across the ACS enterprise; (2) Co-leading the multi-disciplinary team comprised of software developers, QA/IA engineers, user experience designers, social scientists, data scientists, content strategists, public health specialists, business and policy analysts; (3) And designing the integration of emerging technologies to support the strategic development of the ACS enterprise (i.e. Data Analytics and Mobile). The ACS is expected to modernize the service delivery for almost 20 social programs in the U.S. Army and revolutionize the overall quality of care afforded to Army families. Additionally, Gonzalez serves as “defacto” Research Strategist at GTRI in identifying opportunities to solve socio-technical challenges at the intersection of healthcare, behavioral health and social services.

October 15, 2018
2:20pm - 3:00pm
St. George C/D

We build devices, systems, and applications for real people.  Yet, in the world of cybersecurity, most regard humans as the weakest link in the chain. The notion of strong cybersecurity often equates to poor user experience and disregard for the humans who use the technology and data. This approach can weaken your organization’s security profile, generating workarounds or outright indifference.

To be most effective, security must be convenient and user-friendly.

In this session, attendees will learn how to apply human-centered design principles to an organization’s cybersecurity strategy. As our expert speakers will show, this approach improves the user experience and everyone’s security behavior.

Key takeaways:

  • Broaden your perspective on security concerns by using human-centered thinking.
  • Provide a framework for how to evaluate a situation and design human-centered solutions that support strong security.
  • Provide specific human-centered recommendations for various security scenarios.

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