Wade Baker is a Collegiate Associate Professor of Integrated Security at Virginia Tech and part of the Business Information Technology faculty in the Pamplin College of Business. He teaches courses for the MBA and Master of IT programs and collaborates with internal and external parties to further the university’s growing list of cybersecurity initiatives. His research interests fall at the intersection of cybersecurity, risk management, business strategy, and data analysis. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2017, where his doctoral work focused on cybersecurity risk in supply chains. His research has been published in Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Production Research, MIS Review, Issues in Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Security & Privacy, among others.
In addition to his academic role, Wade remains active in the cybersecurity field through the Cyentia Institute, a research services firm he co-founded in 2016. He also serves on the Advisory Boards for the RSA Conference and the FAIR Institute. Prior to this, he held positions as the VP of Strategy and Analytics at ThreatConnect and the Managing Director and CTO for Security Solutions at Verizon. He created and led Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report series, widely regarded across the industry for understanding threat trends and prioritizing defenses.