Sean Peisert

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

Activities and upcoming events that I'm involved with:

IEEE Security & Privacy (ongoing)

NSA SoS Best Paper Competition (annually)

IEEE Cybersecurity Award for Practice (annually)

IEEE S&P (Oakland) 2022 (May 22–26, 2022)

CSET 2022 (August 2022)

NSF Cybersecurity Summit (Oct. 2022)

NSPW 2022 (October 17–20, 2021)

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Staff Scientist,
Computing Sciences Research, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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

Adjunct Professor,
Div. of Health Informatics, University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Dr. Sean Peisert leads applied research and development in computer security at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Davis. He is also chief cybersecurity strategist for CENIC; co-lead of Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence; editor-in-chief of IEEE Security & Privacy; a member of the Distinguished Expert Review Panel for the NSA Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition; a member of the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group; an ACSA Senior Fellow; past chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Security & Privacy, and is a steering committee member and past general chair of the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy ("Oakland").

His current focus is research and development of techniques that enable secure and privacy-preserving analysis of scientific data. His current projects focus on improving security in high-performance computing (HPC), and other scientific computing environments, and power grid control systems.

In the past, he has worked in areas including intrusion detection, computer forensics, insider threats, fault tolerance, vulnerability analysis and elections and electronic voting.

He also teaches and advises graduate students. He occasionally consults.

He received his Ph.D., Masters and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

A full professional bio is here and a slightly outdated one is in the Berkeley Lab Expert's Guide.

Selected News and Press Coverage:

May 13, 2022: Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Helps Promote Trusted CI Guide to Securing Scientific Software

Jan. 5, 2022: Announcing the 2022 Trusted CI Annual Challenge on Scientific OT/CPS Security (Trusted CI Blog)

Dec. 14, 2021: Publication of the Trusted CI Guide to Securing Scientific Software (Trusted CI Blog)

Sept. 29, 2021: Findings Report of the 2021 Trusted CI Annual Challenge on Software Assurance Published (Trusted CI Blog)

Aug. 3, 2021: Trusted CI new co-PIs: Peisert and Shute (Trusted CI Blog)

Jun. 16, 2021: Sean Peisert Named to DARPA ISAT Study Group

Jun. 7, 2021: CIGAR 'Smokes Out' Attacks on Solar Electrical Power Equipment

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



Selected Publications:


Sean Peisert, "Unsafe at Any Clock Speed: the Insecurity of Computer System Design, Implementation, and Operation [From the Editors]," IEEE Security & Privacy, 20(1), pp.4–9, Jan./Feb. 2022.

Sean Peisert, "Reflections on the Past, Perspectives on the Future [From the Editors]," IEEE Security & Privacy, 19(1), pp.4–7, Jan./Feb, 2021.

Sean Peisert, "Isolating Insecurely: A Call to Arms for the Security and Privacy Community During the Time of COVID-19 [From the Editors]," IEEE Security & Privacy, 18(4), pp.4–7, July./Aug. 2020.

Sean Peisert, "Some Experiences in Developing Security Technology That Actually Get Used [From the Editors]," IEEE Security & Privacy, 17(2), pp.4–7, Mar./Apr. 2019.

Security for High-Performance Computing / High-Throughput Networking

Trustworthy Scientific Computing," Sean Peisert, Communications of the ACM (CACM), 64(5):18–21, May 2021.

"Performance Analysis of Scientific Computing Workloads on General Purpose TEEs," Ayaz Akram, Anna Giannakou, Venkatesh Akella, Jason Lowe-Power, and Sean Peisert, Proceedings of the 35th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), May 17–21, 2021. [arXiv version]

"The Medical Science DMZ: An Network Design Pattern for Data-Intensive Medical Science," Sean Peisert, Eli Dart, William K. Barnett, James Cuff, Robert L. Grossman, Edward Balas, Ari Berman, Anurag Shankar, and Brian Tierney, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), 25(3), pp. 267–274, March 2018.

"Security in High-Performance Computing Environments," Sean Peisert, Communications of the ACM (CACM), 60(9):72–80, September 2017.

Control System / Power Grid Cybersecurity

Detecting Manipulation of Power Distribution System Control Devices,” Ciaran Roberts, Daniel Arnold, Mahdi Jamei, Anna Scaglione, Reinhard Gentz, Sean Peisert, Emma M. Stewart, Chuck McParland, and Alex McEachern, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 11(1), pp. 749–761, 19 August, 2019.

Anomaly Detection Using μPMU Measurements in Distribution Grids,” Mahdi Jamei, Anna Scaglione, Ciaran Roberts, Emma Stewart, Sean Peisert, Chuck McParland, and Alex McEachern, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, October 25, 2017.

"Monitoring Security of Networked Control Systems: It's the Physics," Chuck McParland, Sean Peisert, and Anna Scaglione, IEEE Security and Privacy,12(6):32–39, November/December 2014.


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