Maria was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She holds a B.Sc. in Informatics, an M.Sc. in Information Systems and a PhD in Information Systems Security Management from the Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Informatics. She is currently an Assistant Professor with the University of the Aegean, Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering.
She has collaborated with several education institutes, including the Athens University of Economics and Business, the University of the Aegean and the Technical Institute of Athens, public organizations, including the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Institute of Social Security (IKA), the General Hospital of Nikaia, the Greek Archaeological Receipts Fund, the Athens Water Supply & Sewerage Company, the General Secretariat of Social Security and private companies, including INFO-QUEST and the Greek Lottery S.A. She has also participated in national and EU funded R&D projects, such as the SERENITY and the e-VOTE project (EU / IST Programmes), DAMES-T (General Secretariat for Research and Technology), PYTHAGORAS (Greek Ministry of Education / EPEAEK Programme).
Her published work includes several referred papers in international journals and conferences, as well as five chapters in books. She has also served as a reviewer for international journals and has participated in the programme and organizing committees of several international conferences in the area of information systems and information security.
Her research interests include organizational aspects of information systems security management, privacy protection in digital social netowrks and security culture and awareness. She is a member of the ACM, IEEE, AIS and the Greek Computer Society.