ISI Directory

David Balenson

Senior Supervising Computer Scientist


M.S., Computer Science, University of Maryland
B.S., Computer Science, University of Maryland


David Balenson joined USC-ISI in the Networking and Cybersecurity Division in August 2022. He has over 35 years of experience working to research, develop, test, evaluate, and transition innovative solutions to challenging cybersecurity problems.

Prior to joining ISI, Mr. Balenson was a senior computer scientist in the Computer Science Laboratory at independent, non-profit research institute, SRI International where he provided technical and programmatic support for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). Supported projects included the CAP, ACIC, COGS, CPSSEC, CyRiE, Smart Cities, TTP, and IMPACT.

Mr. Balenson is co-leading the NSF-funded Open Community Platform for Sharing Vehicle Telematics Data for Research and Innovation and Sharing Expertise and Artifacts for Reuse for Cybersecurity Community Hub (SEARCCH) projects and he previously co-led the NSF-funded Cybersecurity Experimentation of the Future (CEF) project.

Over his career, Mr. Balenson has worked for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, SPARTA, McAfee/Network Associates, Trusted Information Systems, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Balenson is on the steering, organizing, and/or program committees for ACSAC, NDSS, IFIP WG11.10 ICCIP, LASER, CSET, USEC, and AutoSec.

Research Summary

Mr. Balenson has broad-based experience and background in critical infrastructure security and resilience, computer and network security, applied cryptography, and R&D program and project management. His current research interests include cybersecurity for critical infrastructure and cyber-physical systems including automotive and autonomous vehicles, experimentation and test, technology transition, and multi-disciplinary research.