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deWitteDr. Paula deWitte, associate professor of practice in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, was invited to join the editorial board of Elsevier's Computers & Security, the oldest and most respected technical journal in the information technology security field.

Members of the editorial board serve as assistant editors to provide advice and feedback on the journal and help to coordinate reviews.

"I am delighted and excited to be part of such a prestigious board, as well as carry the Aggie flag as our program grows in international recognition,” deWitte said. “My selection to the editorial board of Computers & Security is additional recognition of the quality of the cybersecurity program at Texas A&M University. Gene Spafford, editor and founder of the journal, asked me to be on the board for my work on cybersecurity law, policy and ethics – all of which are of emerging importance in the field. Texas A&M is one of a few schools currently offering cybersecurity courses in these areas. This is a good blend of my roles as both a computer scientist and licensed attorney.”

As a board member deWitte's duties will include: providing feedback and advice on the content and editorial direction of the journal; managing reviews of papers; recommending disposition of submissions under assignment once reviews are complete; suggesting topics for special issues and guest essays; soliciting high-quality submissions to the journal; submitting at least one manuscript to the journal every 18 months; providing feedback on composition of the editorial board and other editorial issues; and participating in board meetings.

DeWitte received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and her master’s degree in education from Purdue University. In 2015, she was honored as the Purdue University Department of Mathematics Distinguished Alumna. She received a doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M in and a doctorate in law from St. Mary's University School of Law. She has worked extensively with startups and spent nine years in Austin with technology companies. Her research interests are in law and policy as related to cybersecurity, as well as risk assessment and management in cybersecurity.

With its high-profile editorial board and informative regular features and columns, Computers & Security provides a unique blend of leading edge research and sound practical management advice and is aimed for the professional involved with computer security, audit, control and data integrity in all sectors - industry, commerce and academia.