Trusted CI — the National Science Foundation Cybersecurity of Excellence

Principal Investigators and Site Leads

Von Welch (Lead PI, IU)
Kelli Shute (Executive Director, IU)
Jim Basney (Co-PI / Lead at NCSA)
Kathy Benninger (Lead at PSC)
Barton Miller (Co-PI / Lead at U. Wisc.)
Sean Peisert (Lead at LBNL)

Former PIs and Site Leads:

Dana Brunson (Former Co-PI / Lead at Internet2)
James Marsteller (Former Co-PI and Lead at PSC)

Additional LBNL Staff

Jason R. Lee

LBNL Project Alumni

Reinhard Gentz

The mission of Trusted CI — the National Science Foundation Cybersecurity of Excellence — is to improve the cybersecurity of NSF computational science and engineering projects, while allowing those projects to focus on their science endeavors.

As the National Science Foundation Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Trusted CI draws on expertise from multiple internationally recognized institutions, including Indiana University, the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Drawing on this expertise, Trusted CI collaborates with NSF-funded research organizations to focus on addressing the unique cybersecurity challenges faced by such entities. In addition to our leadership team, a world-class Trusted CI Advisory Committee adds its experience and a critical eye to the center’s strategic decision-making.

This project is supported by award # ACI-1547272 and OAC-1920430 from the National Science Foundation’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.

Read more at the Trusted CI center web site.

News about from LBNL’s involvement with this center:

Mind the gap: Speaking like a cybersecurity pro,” Science Node, February 10, 2017.

Selected Trusted CI blog posts involving LBNL’s personnel:

Sean Peisert, “ Announcing the 2021 Trusted CI Annual Challenge on Software Assurance, Trusted CI Blog Post, Mar. 30, 2021.

Sean Peisert, “ Data Confidentiality Issues and Solutions in Academic Research Computing, Trusted CI Blog Post, September 10, 2020.

Anurag Shankar, “ Trusted CI Completes a Highly Successful Engagement with UC Berkeley,” Trusted CI Blog Post, July 21, 2020.

Sean Peisert, “ Fantastic Bits and Why They Flip,” Trusted CI Blog Post, June 23, 2020.

John Zage, “ Trusted CI Concludes SLATE Engagement,” Trusted CI Blog Post, January 27, 2020.

John Zage, “ Trusted CI begins engagement with SLATE,” Trusted CI Blog Post, September 4, 2019.

Von Welch, “ Open Science Cyber Risk Profile publications,” Trusted CI Blog Post, October 10, 2017.

Open Science Cyber Risk Profile Published,” Trusted CI Blog Post, April 3, 2017.

Publications resulting from LBNL’s involvement with Trusted CI:

Sean Peisert, “ An Examination and Survey of Data Confidentiality Issues and Solutions in Academic Research Computing,” Trusted CI Report, September 8, 2020.

Anurag Shankar, Andrew Adams, John Zage, and Sean Peisert, “ UC Berkeley Secure Research Data and Compute Platform,” Trusted CI Report, June 20, 2020.

Andrew K. Adams, Christopher Weaver, Jim Basney, Joe Breen, John Zage, Kay Avila, Lincoln Bryant, Mitchell Steinman, Reinhard Gentz, Robert Gardner, Sean Peisert, Shawn McKee, Tom Barton, “ Trusted CI SLATE Engagement — Final Report,” Trusted CI Report, January 6 2020.

Reinhard Gentz and Sean Peisert, “ An Examination and Survey of Random Bit Flips and Scientific Computing,” Trusted CI Report, December 20, 2019.

Andrew Adams, Kay Avila, Jim Basney, Dana Brunson, Robert Cowles, Jeannette Dopheide, Terry Fleury, Elisa Heymann, Florence Hudson, Craig Jackson, Ryan Kiser, Mark Krenz, Jim Marsteller, Barton P. Miller, Sean Peisert, Scott Russell, Susan Sons, Von Welch, John Zage, “ Trusted CI Experiences in Cybersecurity and Service to Open Science,” Proceedings of the Conference on Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC), July 28-August 1, 2019. ACM.

Sean Peisert and Von Welch, “ The Open Science Cyber Risk Profile: The Rosetta Stone for Open Science and Cybersecurity,” IEEE Security & Privacy, 15(5), pp. 94–95, Sept./Oct. 2017.

Sean Peisert, Karen Stocks, and Von Welch, “ Helping Scientists Understand Research Cyber Risks,” UC IT Blog, September 20, 2017.

Sean Peisert, Von Welch, Andrew Adams, Michael Dopheide, Susan Sons, RuthAnne Bevier, Rich LeDuc, Pascal Meunier, Stephen Schwab, and Karen Stocks, Ilkay Altintas, James Cuff, Reagan Moore, and Warren Raquel, “ Open Science Cyber Risk Profile,” February 2017.

Trusted CI Webinars and Talks involving personnel from LBNL:

Jim Basney and Sean Peisert, “Two Community Surveys on Data Integrity Issues in Scientific Computing,” 2020 NSF Cybersecurity Summit for Large Facilities and Cyberinfrastructure, September 24, 2020. ( Video | Slides)

Von Welch & Sean Peisert, “ Open Science Cyber Risk Profile (OSCRP),” January 2017. ( Video | Slides)

More information is available on other Berkeley Lab R&D projects focusing on cybersecurity in general, as well as specifically on cybersecurity for scientific computing.