Cybersecurity R&D for Science and Energy at the Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Research is an active participant numerous projects areas of computer security. Its mission-driven emphasis has historically focused on security for science, including high-performance computing and high-throughput networking environments, and security of cyber-physical systems, notably in the power grid.  These projects include collaborations with numerous other academic, National Lab, and industry partners. R&D sponsors have included the Department of Energy (DOE) ASCR and CEDS R&D programs, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF) SaTC program and OAC office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, and the National Security Agency, among others. 

LBNL has had a leadership role in security in scientific computing environments for many years, including the development of the Zeek (Bro) Network Security Monitor, as well as leading several DOE-sponsored activities related to defining a cybersecurity research program within the DOE.  More recently, LBNL led the coordination of the “Cyber R&D” Enterprise Cyber Capability (ECC) of the DOE-wide Integrated Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center (iJC3) — a sponsored R&D program involving ten DOE National Laboratories as performers. LBNL is a co-lead of Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

Recent highlights of LBNL Computing Sciences’ cybersecurity R&D activities include:

Recent News

Sean Peisert, Publication of the Trusted CI Roadmap for Securing Operational Technology in NSF Scientific Research — Nov. 16, 2022.

Open Science Cyber Risk Profile (OSCRP) Updated with Science DMZ, Software Assurance, Operational Technology, and Cloud Computing Elements — Nov. 1, 2022

Scientific Data Division Summer Students Tackle Data Privacy - Sept. 15, 2022

Findings of the 2022 Trusted CI Study on the Security of Operational Technology in NSF Scientific Research — July 15, 2022

Berkeley Lab’s Sean Peisert Tapped to Take on Deputy Director Role — June 28, 2022

Announcement of Trusted CI Director Transition — June 27, 2022

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

Announcing the 2022 Trusted CI Annual Challenge on Scientific OT/CPS Security — Jan. 5, 2022

Publication of the Trusted CI Guide to Securing Scientific Software — Dec. 14, 2021

Findings Report of the 2021 Trusted CI Annual Challenge on Software Assurance Published — Sept. 29, 2021

Trusted CI new co-PIs: Peisert and Shute — Aug. 3, 2021

CIGAR ‘Smokes Out’ Attacks on Solar Electrical Power Equipment — Jun. 7, 2021

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