Austin Whisnant

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Part-time Faculty, School of Computing and Information

Austin Whisnant comes to the Professional Institute as a part-time instructor. She has been instrumental in developing curriculum for the network security component of the School of Computing and Information here at the University of Pittsburgh. Whisnant is a member of the technical staff with the CERT Program at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a unit of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and is currently involved in research and development of large-scale network traffic analytics for finding malicious activity. 
Whisnant has instructed military and government personnel in the use of traffic analysis software and combined threat intelligence data with network traffic data to determine patterns of activity by advanced persistent threats. 
Whisnant has presented at the SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit and has published a paper titled "Network Traffic Analysis Using Network Flow." She holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications with a focus on information assurance from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was awarded the National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service. She has a Bachelor of Science from Furman University in computer science and mathematics and multiple certifications including Associate of ISC(2) for CISSP and CNSS 4010-4015.