The Scarlet Line: 23 August 2018

This week on The Scarlet Line, Janelle and Margot were joined by Tiina Rodrigue as they discussed the underrepresentation of women in the STEM fields in general with particular emphasis on the field of cyber security. Topics covered include women’s pay differential, Gamer Gate, the advantages of having ethnic and gender diverse teams, family leave policy, computer certifications, STEM vs STREAM education, the glass cliff, and how men can be effective allies. We also discussed the problematic narrative in the Mollie Tibbetts case and the Terrible Dude of the Week.


Terrible dude of the week:


Mollie Tibbetts:


Gendered differences in the choice of superpowers - to fly or to be invisible:


Tiina’s bio (I will send her picture separately):



Tiina Rodrigue is the Senior Advisor-Cybersecurity, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), in the Technology Office (TO) of Federal Student Aid (FSA), U.S. Department of Education (ED) in Washington, DC. In her role as Senior Advisor at FSA, she leverages her more than 25 years of experience to guide FSA and ED’s interdepartmental cybersecurity efforts with government entities such as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of State; as well as the departmental activities with post-secondary institutions, financial lenders, guaranty agencies and private collection agencies to establish an industry-wide professionalized cyber workforce, meaningful metrics and ground-truth security.

Before joining FSA, Ms. Rodrigue was the Program Director, Professional Services at CipherCloud (San Jose, CA) where she supervised concurrent teams deploying globally the policy-based, on-the fly encryption product in financial and health-care environments for data protection in clouds such as Salesforce, O365, Box, Adobe, Amazon Web Service, Google, and Dropbox. Prior to CipherCloud, Ms. Rodrigue served as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During her tenure at DHS she was promoted to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at USCIS, bridging the technology concerns of security, infrastructure, change, architecture and capability management. Tiina was selected to perform a similar function in support of Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where she ran projects focusing on improvements in security, innovation, culture, software development and capability. Previous to her federal service, she served in several senior positions at Cisco and multiple consulting firms.

Ms. Rodrigue holds a Bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin, a Master's degree in Management Information Technology from the University of Virginia and currently a candidate in The George Washington University's Executive Cyber Corps Doctoral program. Her dissertation quantitatively examines the power and politics of cybersecurity within an organizational environment. Ms. Rodrigue is a wife and mother of six, enjoying running her farm of goats, chickens and bees.

Eric Kluxen