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Shauna Dillavou


Security Positive

District of Columbia


Cryptography Cybersecurity Free Speech Government International Policy Open Source Privacy Research UX/UI

Shauna Dillavou is a security innovator, weaving together her experiences in intelligence, free speech, technology, and trauma. She is the founding principal of Security Positive, the only woman-led security coaching company. In 2013, she founded CommunityRED to support free speech in closed societies in the Former Soviet Union, South Asia, and Latin America. There, she integrated participatory methods, trauma sensitive systems, and human behavior change tactics into digital security training and strategy.

Shauna's work in security began in 2008 as an open source intelligence analyst, and has continued as a 2009 National Security Education Program Boren Fellow, a 2016 Truman National Security Political Partner, and a 500-hour RYT trained in trauma sensitive yoga. She writes on security in governance, trauma and technology, and regularly comments on security practices.

Keywords: security, free speech, privacy, threat modeling, trauma, ethics, intelligence, women-led companies, threat modeling for women, gamergate