Marilia Wyatt: A Farewell Letter to Readers

As a writer for CyberPrivacy since 2012, Marilia Wyatt is stepping down. Here she reflects on why she created the publication as a then student at Rutgers University—from the desire to improve her writing to educate individuals on privacy, cybersecurity, and technology issues.

By Marilia Wyatt

Dear readers,

This is my last edition for CyberPrivacy—a publication with the mission to make information accessible to readers on issues at the intersection of cybersecurity, technology, privacy, business, and society.

When I started this publication—it never occurred to me that I would have an opportunity to publish for The Wall Street Journal’s professional arm, WSJ Pro. Our team, however, has become part of the newsroom. As a result, I am being required to step down from CyberPrivacy due to Standards and Ethics rules.

I’m thrilled and honored to have shared cybersecurity and privacy stories with readers. And it has been rewarding reading your comments.

I treasured this publication as a safe space, born out of my curiosity and creativity to experiment with writing and to learn. CyberPrivacy was born while I was a Rutgers University student. Back in 2012, my analyses aimed to raise college officials’ awareness of student privacy issues, such as providing a secure online course platform. That’s key to protecting students’ freedom of speech and academic freedom.

Protecting student privacy is about reducing the potential fear of misusing their information. That fear could chill students’ freedom of speech and intellectual inquiry in college courses, resulting in the potential degradation of their self-development.

Different Path Emerges

I’m sailing to the next challenge. The rigor and ethics of The Wall Street Journal compel me to take on this new responsibility as a cyber risk analyst. The role includes writing, presenting, and helping executives protect their organizations.

Readers, keep up to speed on how technology is changing and impacting every facet of our lives. This can help you ask important questions on how information is protected from misuse or malicious activity. Can you afford not to know?

Upward!

Marilia Wyatt

 

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