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NERSC, LBNL Staff to Share Expertise at Cyber Security Summit

August 1, 2004

When cybersecurity experts from some of the nation’s top research institutions gather Sept. 27-28 for a summit meeting to better prepare for future cyber attacks, NERSC and LBNL will share their experience and expertise.

Cybersecurity Summit 2004, an invitation-only workshop to be held in Arlington, Va., is being organized by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, with support from the National Science Foundation. A major driver for the meeting was the series of debilitating attacks launched against some of the nation’s leading supercomputing centers last March and April. While a number of centers were shut down as a result, NERSC was able to remain up and running.

Representing NERSC and LBNL at the workshop will be Howard Walter and Scott Campbell of NERSC’s Networking, Security, Servers and Workstations Group and LBNL Computer Protection Program Manager Dwayne Ramsey, who is an invited speaker.

The meeting will provide a forum for computer security administrators, system administrators and center management to share information about the security intrusions last spring at numerous high performance computing and/or university sites, to review and discuss security best practices, and to develop a trust network among sites in order to improve communication and real-time defensive responses between sites when future intrusions occur.

The agenda includes a keynote presentation from nationally recognized security expert and author Bill Cheswick of the Lumeta Corporation, and a presentation from the FBI Cyber Intrusion Laboratory.

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC serves almost 10,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in climate, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.