ESnet, CENIC Announce Joint Cybersecurity Initiative

The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network, or ESnet, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) have announced a partnership in developing cybersecurity strategy and research.

Sean Peisert of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Division will be director of the new CENIC/ESnet Joint Cybersecurity Initiative. Peisert, who was also recently named as the chief cybersecurity strategist for CENIC, is a noted security expert who has worked extensively in computer security research and development.

Although the defense of information systems and networks is critical for all modern enterprises, scientific research organizations like ESnet and CENIC face particular challenges: support of open science and, increasingly, big-data science; diverse research portfolios; openness to experimentation across intellectual domains; openness to collaborations within and across institutions – regionally, nationally and internationally; and the need for seamless access to remote data sources, scientific tools and computing resources.

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