Merritt is a double Harvard graduate with experience in all three branches of government and a strong publication record. She is a leader in computer security, an Internet law and business expert, and a technology entrepreneur.Merritt is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is an Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland and was an Adjunct at University of Pennsylvania.
Merritt is a Principal Security Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where she provides technical cloud security guidance to complex, regulated organizations like the Fortune 100, and advises the leadership of AWS’ largest customers on security as a bottom line proposition. While she works for Amazon, all information and opinions here are in Merritt’s personal capacity.
Merritt’s experience includes work in academia, the private sector, and all three branches of government. Most recently, she served as the Lead Cyber Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission. She has also served at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, the nation’s cyber firehouse, where she wrote and implemented civilian cybersecurity strategy.