Sean Peisert

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Photograph of me lecturing at the blackboard (credit: R. Benjamin Shapiro, 2002).

Upcoming events that I'm involved with:

S&P 2017 (May 22–24, 2017)

CSET 2017 (Aug. 2017)

NSPW 2017 (Sept. 2017)

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Staff Scientist,
Computational Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Associate Adjunct Professor,
Dept. of Computer Science, University of California, Davis

Chief Cybersecurity Strategist,
Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)

Faculty Member,
UC Davis Graduate Group in Computer Science
UC Davis Graduate Group in Forensic Science
UC Davis Graduate Group in Health Informatics

I do research and development in computer security. In the past, I have worked on areas including intrusion detection, computer forensics, vulnerability analysis, insider threats, elections, and security metrics. These days, I am currently particularly interested in control system and cyber-physical system security, and security in high-performance computing and high-bandwidth networking environments. I also teach and advise grad students. I occasionally do some consulting.

I received my Ph.D., Masters and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I was a 2007–2008 I3P Fellow.

A longer bio is here and a slightly outdated one is in the Berkeley Lab Expert's Guide.

What's new:

May 5, 2017: CENIC's Community Approach for Bringing Increased Security to Its Network and Constituent Institutions (p.7)

March 15, 2017: CENIC's Network Security Initiative

February 10, 2017: Mind the gap: Speaking like a cybersecurity pro

January 11, 2017: Building a CENIC Security Strategy

October 31, 2016: Working Group on Open Science Cybersecurity Risks Releases First Document Draft for Public Comment

September 8, 2016: On the Value of Failed Experiments in Cybersecurity

July 12, 2016: Detecting Cybersecurity Threats by Taking the Grid's Pulse

Jul. 11, 2016: Livermore, Berkeley National Labs Leading Project to Increase Power Grid Cybersecurity

April 2016: I am co-leading the Open Science Cyber Risk Profile (OSCRP) effort along with Michael Dopheide of ESnet and Von Welch and Susan Sons of IU's Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC).

January 19, 2016: I am Chief Cybersecurity Strategist for CENIC and Director of the CENIC/ESnet Joint Cybersecurity Initiative.

January 1, 2016: I am the vice chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Security & Privacy.

Older News: I was the General Chair of the 36th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy ("Oakland"). I chaired the DOE ASCR Cybersecurity Workshop in early 2015 and edited the subsequent report, and chaired the DOE ASCR Cybersecurity for Scientific Computing Integrity Workshop in June 2015 and also edited the subsequent report for that workshop.

I guest edited the Nov/Dec 2014 special issue of IEEE Security & Privacy magazine on Energy Sector Control Systems.


Recent Student News:

April 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Sisi Duan on her new position as an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County!

April 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Sophie Engle on her promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure at University of San Francisco!


Contact Info

Dept. of Computer Science
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616-8562

Email: (PGP/GPG Key)

Phone: (530) 746-8717

Office Location: 2111 Watershed (directions)

Office Hours this quarter: By appointment or by chance.

Last modified: Saturday, 06-May-2017 09:59:55 PDT