Cybersecurity at Major Facilities


Protecting Research from Foreign Influence, Espionage, and Intellectual Property Theft

Agent McGaunn will discuss the FBI’s counterintelligence efforts against America’s adversaries, evolving security challenges/threats, the nature of espionage as it relates to the theft of intellectual property at major facilities, research infrastructure and research institutes, and the challenges of illegitimate transfer of technologies.

  • Scott McGaunn, FBI Special Agent


Panel Discussion on Cybersecurity at Major Research Infrastructures

Cyberinfrastructure (CI), comprising computing, data, software, and networking and related expertise are critical components of most major research infrastructure and essential to their operations, equitable use, and overall impact. As a result, addressing the growing cybersecurity concerns is essential to ensuring the secure and robust operation of these facilities.

This session will include a panel and audience discussion on these cybersecurity challenges at major research infrastructure in the 21st century and explore existing best practices and emerging solutions.

Panel includes

  • Moderator: Manish Parashar, Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, NSF
  • Jim Ulvestad, Chief Officer for Research Facilities, NSF
  • Robert Beverly, Program Officer in Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, NSF
  • Benjamin Brown, Director of Facilities Division, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, DOE
  • Mike Witt, Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity & Privacy and Senior Agency Information Security Officer, NASA