A Workshop on Emerging Practices in Computation and Storage for Sensitive Data

Researchers, computer scientists and data scientists from a range of disciplines are working with increasingly large, multi-dimensional datasets in the context of complex networks and computing infrastructure. Data generated by these advanced applications are often subject to an evolving landscape of protection requirements, due to the involvement of human subjects or critical physical infrastructure. At the same time, collaborative research projects and teams drive demand for large-scale distributed platforms that can move data and compute securely over high-speed networks and cyberinfrastructure. How do we secure the data, the network, and the computer to meet this challenge? This one-day workshop will convene researchers from a variety of disciplines who are leading these trends through their work in biology and medicine, public health and the social sciences, and other fields. In addition, IT service providers and security architects will describe new services and platforms being developed to provide secure research data management and computation capabilities at scale, while managing challenges of authentication, access control, and privacy protection. We will also present advanced theory on the tradeoffs between engineering systems for complexity and robustness, and how this tradeoff in itself can create fragility.


Securing Research Data:

A Workshop on Emerging Practices in Computation

and Storage for Sensitive Data

8:30 am: Breakfast and registration
9:00 am: Welcome
David Rusting, Chief Information Security Officer at UC Office of the President
9:15 am: Keynote Address, “TIPPSS (Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security) for
Enabling and Securing our Increasingly Connected World”
Florence Hudson, Founder and CEO at FDHint, LLC
10:00 am: Panel 1: Securing your Research Data: Perspectives from Domain Scientists
Moderator: Jeffrey Weekley, Director of Cyberinfrastructure & Research Computing, UC Merced
❖ Peter Sudmant, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
❖ Matthew Renquist, System Engineer, UC Davis Health
❖ Rob Currie, Chief Technology Officer, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute
❖ Pavan Gupta, Research and Cloud Computing Architect, UC San Francisco Center for
Digital Health Innovation
11:00 am: Break
11:15 am: Keynote Address, “Managing Complexity in a World of Surprise”
David Alderson, Professor of Operations Research, Director of NPS Center for Infrastructure
Defense, Naval Postgraduate School
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Panel 2: Securing your Infrastructure in a Changing Landscape: An Engineering
Moderator: Jason Zurawski, Science Engagement Engineer, Energy Sciences Network
(ESnet), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
❖ Tolgay Kizilelma, Chief Information Security Officer, UC Merced

❖ Jim Basney, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing
Applications, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
❖ Igor Sfliligoi, Lead Scientific Software Developer and Researcher, San Diego
Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
❖ Aleatha Parker-Wood, Machine Learning and Algorithmic Privacy Lead, Humu
1:45 pm: Panel 3: Security and Privacy in Practice
Moderator: Chris Hoffman, Associate Director of Research IT; Research, Teaching and
Learning Services (RTL); UC Berkeley
❖ Steve Trush, Research Fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CTLC), UC Berkeley;
Deputy Director of Citizen Clinic at CTLC, UC Berkeley
❖ Andrea Hesse, Academic Divisional Computing Director, Information Technology
Services, UC Santa Cruz
❖ Sandeep Chandra, Executive Director of Sherlock Cloud; Director of Health
Cyberinfrastructure Division, San Diego Supercomputer Center
❖ Elaine Sedenberg, Privacy and Data Policy Manager at Facebook
2:30 pm: Closing Remarks
Camille Crittenden, Executive Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute; co-founder of CITRIS
Policy Lab and the Women in Technology Initiative at UC
3:00 pm: Adjourn

Speaker Bios


Welcome – David Rusting

Keynote Address – Florence Hudson

Panel 1: Securing your research data: Perspectives from domain scientists – Hybridizing Kubernetes and HPC Securely by Pavan Gupta

It’s not a bug…It’s a feature: Secrets as a Service

Keynote Address – David L. Alderson

Panel 2 – Securing your infrastructure in a changing landscape: an engineering perspective

Panel 3: Security and Privacy in Practice – Sandeep Chandra, Executive Director of Sherlock Cloud; Director of Health Cyberinfrastructure Division, San Diego Supercomputer Center

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