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 2018 (May 20–24, 2018)

CSET 2018 (Aug. 2018)

NSPW 2018 (Sept./Oct. 2018)

S&P 2019 (May 19–23, 2019)


Research Projects

My current foci pertain to control system and cyber-physical system security, and security in high-performance computing and high-bandwidth networking environments. I have also worked in areas including intrusion detection, computer forensics, vulnerability analysis, insider threats, elections, security metrics, security in health informatics, and other areas. This page lists a number of the research projects that I am or have recently been working on.

I am extremely grateful to the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, for supporting the research that my graduate students and I are conducting.

Current, Funded Projects

Sponsor Project Role Period of Performance
HPC / Networking Security and Measurement
DOE ASCR Toward a Hardware/Software Co-Design Framework for Ensuring the Integrity of Exascale Scientific Data PI 2015–present
DOE iJC3 Cyber R&D Distributed Detection of DDoS Attacks on the WAN PI 2017–2018
NSF ACI Network Measurement, Analysis and Visualization Co-PI; Lead at UC Davis and Berkeley Lab 2015–2020
Power Grid Cybersecurity
DOE CEDS Adaptive Control of Electric Grid Components for Cyber Resiliency PI 2018–present
DOE CEDS Supporting Cyber Security of Power Distribution Systems by Detecting Differences Between Real-time Micro-Synchrophasor Measurements and Cyber-Reported SCADA PI 2015–2018
DOE CEDS Threat Detection and Response with Data Analytics Co-PI; Lead at LBNL 2016–2019
DOE CEDS Automated, Disruption Tolerant Key Management System Co-PI; Lead at LBNL 2015–2018

Currently Unfunded and/or Previous Projects

Sponsor Project Role Period of Performance
  Inferring Computing Activity Using Physical Sensors PI 2016–2017
DOE CEDS Security for Cyber-Physical Energy Generation Systems PI 2012 2015
CITRIS and UC Davis Health System Secure and Private Acquisition, Storage, and Analysis of Medical Sensor Data Co-I  

Network Resilience / SDN Security

Past sponsor: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (PI)

Byzantine Fault Tolerance and Intrusion Detection

Past sponsor: National Science Foundation CISE/CCF (Co-PI)

Computer Forensics

Past sponsor: Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) (Fellowship/Co-PI)

Data Anonymization/Sanitization

Past sponsor: I3P (Senior Personnel)

Elections and Electronic Voting

Past sponsors: National Science Foundation and NIST (Co-PI)

The Hive Mind: Sensor Networks for GENI

Past sponsor: National Science Foundation CISE/CNS and BBN/GENI Projects Office (PI)

Insider Threat

Computer System Vulnerabilities and the Efficacy of Defensive Mechanisms (Co-PI)

Past sponsor: National Science Foundation (Co-PI)

Intrusion Detection and Data Sanitization for High-Performance Computing (PI)

Past sponsor: Department of Energy Office of Science (PI)

Metric-Based Anomaly Detection (Co-PI)

Past sponsor: Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) (Co-PI)

Recommendation Systems Security

Past sponsor: National Science Foundation (Senior Personnel)

"Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group. Initially our loyalties were to ourselves and our immediate family, next, to bands of wandering hunter-gatherers, then to tribes, small settlements, city-states, nations. We have broadened the circle of those we love. We have now organized what are modestly described as super-powers, which include groups of people from divergent ethnic and cultural backgrounds working in some sense together—surely a humanizing and character building experience. If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth."
-Professor Carl Sagan, Cosmos (1980)

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