Dr. Sean Peisert is jointly appointed as a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; as chief cybersecurity strategist for CENIC and director of the CENIC/ESnet Joint Cybersecurity Initiative; and as an associate adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. His research and development interests cover a broad cross section of usable and useful computer and network security solutions. In recent years, Dr. Peisert's R&D has focused on developing security techniques that improve and enable the use of distributed, high-performance, and cloud computing resources to conduct scientific research, and improving the secure functioning of power grid control systems.
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 20 million users, including all of the University of California, the California State University system, the California Community College system, the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford, Caltech, and USC (including all of the academic medical centers); the California K-12 system; the California Public Library system; the Exploratorium; SFJAZZ; the California Academy of Sciences; and the Cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Alameda.
Dr. Peisert is chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security & Privacy; an editorial board member of IEEE Security & Privacy; 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); and past general chair for the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, the flagship conference for security research.
Previously, Dr. Peisert was an I3P Research Fellow and was a computer security researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). He received his Ph.D., Masters, and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science from UC San Diego.