2013 NSF Cybersecurity Summit for Cyberinfrastructure and Large Facilities

Theme:  Designing Cybersecurity Programs in Support of Science

When: September 30 through October 2, 2013

Where: Hilton Arlington near NSF headquarters.  (A group rate of $269 is available for lodging until September 6, 2013 (extended date) for the nights of 9/30 - 10/2. Call 1-800-HILTONS and reference "SYB", the group rate code. Hotel reservations may also be made online.)

Who: As with prior summits, the event is invite-only, but inclusive of the NSF CI community, free-to-attend, and targeted at those with leadership, management, and security responsibilities in NSF CI and MREFC projects. Additionally, we will include key members of the research community (to better disseminate NSF CI cybersecurity needs and foster transition of their research to practice through CI projects), as well as select invitees from outside the NSF community.

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Recently, NSF has funded the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure to assist NSF projects with cybersecurity challenges. Consistent with CTSC’s mission to provide cybersecurity leadership and education to the NSF CI community, CTSC is organizing the re-launch of the summits in the fall of 2013.  For more information, contact Von Welch (vwelch@indiana.edu), Jim Marsteller (jam@psc.edu), and/or Craig Jackson (scjackso@indiana.edu).

The 2013 summit will provide intensive education, information exchange and discussion on key cybersecurity issues for the NSF community, and specifically around this year's theme: Designing Cybersecurity Programs in Support of Science

History of the Summit

Spanning six years from 2004-2009, the NSF-funded annual Cybersecurity Summits for Large Facilities served as a valuable part of the process of securing the NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure (CI) and MREFC projects by providing the community with the opportunity to share best practices, educate themselves from experts both from within and from outside of the community, and collaborate on solving common challenges.


Since the last summit in 2009, the threat landscape for both the Internet and NSF CI has continued to evolve and become more complex, with an increasing variety of malicious actors and increasingly targeted attacks on data resources. During this time the community has been without a venue to continue to interact as a community, share experiences, and collectively ascertain the impact of these evolving threats on NSF CI (e.g., scientific data integrity, unique science instruments).

Links to the reports from past summits follow:

The Program Committee

Michael Bailey, Associate Research Professor, LEO Adjunct Lecturer, and Co-Director of the Network and Security Research Group, University of Michigan

Scott Campbell, Security Team, LBNL/NERSC

Michael Corn, Chief Information Security Officer, University of Illinois; Chief Privacy and Security Officer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Deborah A. Frincke, Associate Director for Education and Training, NSA/CSS

Ardoth Hassler, Associate Vice President of University Information Services and Acting Executive Director, Office of Assessment and Decision Support, Georgetown University

Craig Jackson (Organizer), Project Manager / Policy Analyst, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University, and Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC)

James A. Marsteller (Organizer and Program Committee Chair), Information Security Officer, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center; Co-PI, Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC)

Rodney J. Petersen, Managing Director of Washington Office and Senior Government Relations Officer, EDUCAUSE

Mark Servilla, Lead Scientist, Network Information System, LTER Network Office

Von Welch (Organizer), Deputy Director, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University; PI, Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC) 

NSF Observers

Cliff Jacobs

Kevin Thompson