Giti Javidi is a professor in the School of Information Systems and Management. She
also serves as the academic director of information assurance and cybersecurity management
program. She joined USF, having previously served at Virginia State University as
a professor of computer science in the College of Engineering.
Her research interests cut across several disciplines within computer science, cybersecurity, information technology and education. Her areas of expertise include cybersecurity education and training, cybersecurity management, policy, and governance, risk management, user interface design and data and cybersecurity analytics. She also has expertise in text mining and sentiment analysis. Her research has been published in leading computing journals, and she has been awarded a number of prestigious grants from external agencies including NSF, NASA, Google and Microsoft. As the program director of the newly established information security and cybersecurity management program, her current professional focus is on leading a world-class program that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead and manage cybersecurity programs, products, and services on a global scale.
As a long-time advocate for diversity and inclusion in the technology workforce, she has spearheaded a number of national and international projects in this domain throughout her academic career. She has received several prestigious awards in recognition of her instrumental role in leading national efforts to improve STEM education and workforce development. These include the 2017 Sarasota Women of Influence and 2018 USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy awards. She has a long history of involvement with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), sharing in its mission to increase the meaningful participation of girls and women in computing.
She earned a PhD and master’s degree from University of South Florida and bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Central Oklahoma.