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Sean Peisert

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Sean Peisert leads computer security research and development at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 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 chief cybersecurity strategist for CENIC and a co-lead of Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

At CENIC, he is 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.

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; 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 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.

He also works closely with ESnet.

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Some select, recent news:

Trusted CI new co-PIs: Peisert and Shute — Aug. 3, 2021

Initial Findings of the 2021 Trusted CI Annual Challenge on Software Assurance — 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

Announcing the 2021 Trusted CI Annual Challenge on Software Assurance (Trusted CI Blog) — Mar. 30, 2021

Summer Students Tackle COVID-19 — Oct. 21, 2020

Data Confidentiality Issues and Solutions in Academic Research Computing (Trusted CI Blog) — Sept. 10, 2020

Sean Peisert named editor-in-chief of IEEE Security and Privacy (IEEE CS | LBNL | UC Davis) — Jul. 10, 2020

Fantastic Bits and Why They Flip (Trusted CI Blog) — Jun. 23, 2020

Using Physics to Keep Our Electrical Grid Safe — Oct. 24, 2019

Impact of AI in DOE National Laboratories (YouTube video) (security discussion at 1'07") — Sept. 29, 2019

Solar power opens up new targets for cyber attackers (Archer News) — May 30, 2019

Cyberattacks threaten smart inverters, but scientists have solutions (Solar Power World) — April 30, 2019

Berkeley Lab Cybersecurity Specialist Highlights Data Sharing Benefits, Challenges at NAS Meeting — Dec. 4, 2018

Expert Q&A: Safeguarding the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure (TABL) — Oct. 26, 2018

Berkeley Lab Contributes to $2.5M supplemental grant for NSF-funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence — Oct. 5, 2018

Electric grid protection through low-cost sensors, machine learning (GCN) — Sept. 21, 2018

Cyber Defense Tool Is an Early Warning System for Grid Attacks (IEEE Spectrum Energywise Blog) — March 27, 2018

Berkeley Lab's cybersecurity expert Sean Peisert discusses challenges & opportunities of securing HPC — Aug. 24, 2017

HPC security article in Communications of the ACM

Video accompanying HPC security article on Vimeo

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» Some recent publications are listed below. For a full list of publications and other information, please visit Sean Peisert's personal web page.