Heather Adkins

Director, Information Security and Privacy, Google

Heather Adkins is a 15-year Google veteran and founding member of the Google Security Team. As Director of Information Security, she has built a global team responsible for maintaining the safety and security of Google’s networks, systems and applications. She has an extensive background in systems and network administration with an emphasis on practical security, and has worked to build and secure some of the world’s largest infrastructure. She now focuses her time primarily on the defense of Google’s computing infrastructure and working with industry to tackle some of the greatest security challenges as part of the Defending Digital Democracy project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.