Terry V. Benzel



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


Terry V. Benzel is Deputy Director for the Computer Networks Division at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the University of Southern California (USC). She participates in business development, technology transfer and special projects with industrial and academic partners.

She is also the technical project lead for the Cyber Defense Technology Experimental Research (DETER) testbed projects funded by DHS, NSF and DARPA. The projects are developing an experimental infrastructure network and scientifically rigorous testing frameworks and methodologies to support the development and demonstration of next-generation information security technologies for cyber defense.

Ms. Benzel has a joint appointment at the USC Marshall School of Business, where she is a researcher at the Institute for Critical Information Infrastructure Protection. She is responsible for helping to develop Systemic Security Management as an open-source body of work, and for developing public/private partnerships in information security research.

Prior to joining USC ISI, Ms. Benzel was a Division Vice President at Network Associates, Inc. There she was responsible for all aspects of the 125-person advanced research organization, which performed government-funded R&D for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other federal entities.

Ms. Benzel serves as an advisor to government and industry on R&D strategy and roadmap development. Assignments have included providing guidance to the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy, the US Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, and the US Department Of Defense, as well as to industry alliances. She has testified on cyber-security before the US House of Representatives Committee on Science. Her presentation title: “Cyber Security – How Can We Protect American Computer Networks from Attack: The Importance of Research and Development.”