Dr. Sean Peisert is a senior scientist at at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he leads computer security research and development . He is also both a full adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis and of Health Informatics at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.
His current research and development interests cover a broad cross section of usable and useful computer security and privacy solutions, particularly in enabling secure and privacy-preserving scientific data analysis, and improving security in high-performance computing systems, and power grid control systems. He is also Deputy Director and Co-PI of Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
Professor Peisert is editor-in-chief of IEEE Security & Privacy; a member of the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group; a member of the Distinguished Expert Review Panel for the NSA Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition; an ACSA Senior Fellow; a steering committee member and past general chair of the New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW); steering committee member and past program co-chair of the USENIX Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET); past chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security & Privacy; and steering committee member and past general chair for the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, the flagship conference for security research.
He was previously chief cybersecurity strategist for CENIC, where he was responsible for cybersecurity strategy and implementation for CENIC's enterprise as well as for CalREN, a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of CENIC's constituent population of over 10,000 institutions and 20 million users.
He has led numerous cybersecurity-related working groups, including co-leading the 2012 Dagstuhl Seminar on Organizational Processes for Supporting Sustainable Security; leading two workshops in 2015 for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research examining research needs in high-performance computing cybersecurity; leading formation of the DOE Integrated Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center (iJC3) Cyber R&D Enterprise Cybersecurity Capability (ECC), — an R&D effort composed of 10 DOE National Labs.
In 2007, he was honored as a Research Fellow by the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and in 2014, his work received an award from the Director of Science and Technology for the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
Previously, Dr. Peisert was an I3P Research Fellow, was a computer security researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and was a Senior Fellow in the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D., Masters, and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science from UC San Diego.
More information on:
- Full list of computer security research and development projects
- Projects on security for scientific and high-performance computing (HPC)
- Projects on cybersecurity for energy delivery systems
- Data Enclaves for Scientific Computing (DESC)
- The Open Science Cyber Risk Profile (OSCRP)
- The Medical Science DMZ
Some select, recent news:
Publication of the Trusted CI Roadmap for Securing Operational Technology in NSF Scientific Research — Nov. 16, 2022.
Scientific Data Division Summer Students Tackle Data Privacy — Sept. 15, 2022
Findings of the 2022 Trusted CI Study on the Security of Operational Technology in NSF Scientific Research — July 15, 2022
Berkeley Lab’s Sean Peisert Tapped to Take on Deputy Director Role — June 28, 2022
Announcement of Trusted CI Director Transition — June 27, 2022
Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Helps Promote Trusted CI Guide to Securing Scientific Software — May 13, 2022
Announcing the 2022 Trusted CI Annual Challenge on Scientific OT/CPS Security (Trusted CI Blog) — Jan. 5, 2022
Publication of the Trusted CI Guide to Securing Scientific Software (Trusted CI Blog) — Dec. 14, 2021
Findings Report of the 2021 Trusted CI Annual Challenge on Software Assurance Published (Trusted CI Blog) — Sept. 29, 2021
Trusted CI new co-PIs: Peisert and Shute (Trusted CI Blog) — Aug. 3, 2021
Sean Peisert Named to DARPA ISAT Study Group — Jun. 16, 2021
CIGAR 'Smokes Out' Attacks on Solar Electrical Power Equipment — Jun. 7, 2021
Sean Peisert named editor-in-chief of IEEE Security and Privacy (IEEE CS | LBNL | UC Davis) — Jul. 10, 2020
» For a full list of publications and other information, please visit Sean Peisert's personal web page.