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Ally Hoffman

Part-Time Lecturer


Tyler, TX

Field of research/teaching

Information Security Governance, Rick, and Compliance

What are the specifics of your educational background?

  • M.S. in Cybersecurity, Northeastern University
  • B.S in Business Administration, Boston University

What courses/subjects do you teach?

  • CY6200 Special Topics in IT Security Governance, Risk, and Compliance

What is your research focus in a bit more detail? Is your current research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved somewhat? If so, how/why?

I focus on cybersecurity risk in the U.S. financial industry. In particular, I focus on regulatory compliance and its ability to minimize cyber incidents both at the institution and the industry level. My current research path is not what I always had in mind, but I’ve always loved technology and law so it was a natural fit for me. I found myself focusing on the U.S. financial industry after I took my first job as an IT risk consultant for financial services clients.

What do you enjoy most about what you teach? Is there anything notable or unique about the kind of students that you teach?

I love helping students learn to enjoy a subject that is often outside their comfort zone.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up in East Texas before moving to Boston to attend undergraduate school.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I work in Banking Supervision at the Federal Reserve where I focus on IT and cybersecurity risk. Prior to joining the Fed, I was a consultant at EY.