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Sean Peisert

Computer Scientist: Computational Research Division

Jon Bashor,, 510-486-5849

Dan Krotz,, 510-486-4019


Dr. Sean Peisert is jointly appointed as a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; chief cybersecurity strategist at CENIC, and director of the CENIC/ESnet joint cybersecurity initiative; and associate adjunct professor and faculty member in the Graduate Groups in Computer Science, Forensic Science, and Health Informatics at the University of California, Davis.

His research interests cover a broad cross-section of computer and network security. Some of the recent projects and interests that Dr. Peisert has worked on include intrusion detection for control systems in smart/power grids, techniques for insider threat identification and mitigation, and security in high-performance computing and networking environments. Previously, he was an I3P Research Fellow and was a computer security researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).

Professor Peisert is vice chair elect 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 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. He also serves as the representative of the Berkeley Lab to the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P).

Recent Publications

"ASCR Cybersecurity for Scientific Computing Integrity — Research Pathways and Ideas"
Sean Peisert,  et al.,  U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science report, LBNL Technical Report number LBNL-191105, September, 2015. 
"ASCR Cybersecurity for Scientific Computing Integrity"
Sean Peisert,  et al.,  U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science report, LBNL Technical Report number LBNL-6953E, February, 2015.
"Monitoring Security of Networked Control Systems: It's the Physics"
Chuck McParland, Sean Peisert, and Anna Scaglione,  IEEE Security and Privacy, 12(6), pp. 32–39, November/December 2014.
"Byzantine Fault Tolerance from Intrusion Detection"
Sisi Duan, Karl Levitt, Hein Meling, Sean Peisert, and Haibin Zhang,  Proceedings of the 33rd IEEE International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS), pp. 253–264, Nara, Japan, October 6–9, 2014.
"Principles of Authentication"
Sean Peisert, Ed Talbot, and Tom Kroeger,  Proceedings of the 2013 New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW), pp. 47–56, Banff, Canada, September 9–12, 2013.
"Multiclass Classification of Distributed Memory Parallel Computations"
Sean Whalen, Sean Peisert, and Matt Bishop,  Pattern Recognition Letters (PRL),  34(3), pp. 322–329, February 2013.
"Turtles All the Way Down: A Clean-Slate, Ground-Up, First-Principles Approach to Secure Systems"
Sean Peisert, Ed Talbot, and Matt Bishop,  Proceedings of the 2012 New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW), pp. 15–26, Bertinoro, Italy, September 19–21, 2012.

Awards and Memberships

• IEEE Technical Committee on Security and Privacy Outstanding Community Service Award (2015)

• Senior Member, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) (2012–present)
• Senior Member, IEEE (Institute for  Electrical and Electronics Engineers) (2012–present)

In the News

NSF funds NetSage to analyze, improve international data networks — May 12, 2015

Securing Scientific Computing Integrity — March 20, 2015

Peisert Compiles Workshop Report on Securing Scientific Computing Integrity — March 20, 2015

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Ph.D., Computer Science from UC San Diego

last updated: 2016-07-07 15:42:58