Cyberdefender Comes to ISI

October 16, 2003

Computer Security Expert Terry V. Benzel has joined the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute.

Benzel is now Assistant Director of Special Projects and is developing new funding opportunities at ISI with a particular focus on cyber security. She is co-PI on the just-announced $5.46 million NSF-funded DETER security testbed, in which ISI will partner with the University of California &ndash Berkeley.

"I am excited about the opportunity to bring the technology and research of ISI to bear on the critical problems of cyber terrorism and infrastructure protection. The urgent application of cyber defense technologies is required in order to adequately protect the nation's information infrastructures, and I believe that ISI is well positioned to make progress," Benzel said. "The Institute has skills and expertise in many areas, ranging from Grid technology to network protocols to reasoning systems, enabling us to attack these problems from many directions."

Prior to joining USC ISI, Benzel was a Division Vice President at Network Associates, Inc. where she was responsible for all aspects of the 125-staff advanced research organization performing government funded R&D for DARPA and other agencies. Prior to joining NAI, she was Director of the Los Angeles office of Trusted Information Systems.

Benzel has served as an advisor to government and industry on R&D strategy and roadmap development, providing guidance to White House Office of Science Technology and Policy, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, Department Of Defense and industry alliances.

In 2001, she testified on "Cyber Security &ndash How Can We Protect American Computer Networks from Attack: The Importance of Research and Development," before the House Committee on Science.

She has served as a participant, panelist, chair or keynote speaker at numerous professional and government gatherings dealing with security and related issues, and is the author or co-author of numerous papers in publications of the IEEE, ACM, ACSA, and other organizations.

Benzel holds bachelors and master's degrees in mathematics from Boston University and an Executive MBA from UCLA.