Terry V. Benzel



MA & BA, Computer Science, Boston University
Executive MBA, UCLA


Terry Benzel is the director of the Networking and Cybersecurity Division at USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI). Benzel has served as the PI and director of outreach for the DETER Cybersecurity Experimentation Project for more than 10 years. She is responsible for overall project management, R&D and advanced testbed development and operations. Recently she has overseen DETER extensions for CPS and led several teams including the Smart Energy CPS team for the White House Smart America Challenge. Her research interests are in the science of cybersecurity experimentation and next-generation distributed experimentation methodologies.

Benzel participates in business development, technology transfer and special projects with industrial and academic partners. She has served as an advisor to government and industry on R&D strategy and roadmap development, providing guidance to the National Science Foundation, White House Office of Science Technology and Policy, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, Department of Defense, and industry alliances. Benzel has testified twice before the U.S. House Committee on Science. She is actively engaged in outreach to the research community and is a key contributor to the design of Cyber Experimentation of the Future Frameworks and the establishment of working groups around new architectures.