Derek Simmel

Senior Information Security Officer



Derek Simmel joined PSC as Grid Computing Specialist in 2001. Now, as Senior Information Security Officer, Derek focuses on information and systems security for sponsored projects and national and international research and education (R&E) collaborations at PSC. Derek serves as Co-PI for CONECT (NSF OAC #2138307), the NSF ACCESS cyberinfrastructure Operations track, and co-leads cybersecurity management for ACCESS.

Derek also works on cybersecurity, HPC systems architecture, and data transfer services within PSC, for NSF-funded projects including PSC's Bridges-2 HPC system, the NIH-funded Brain Image Library (BIL), HubMAP project, and Anton2 system, as well as PSC-hosted HPC systems for university research.

Derek chairs The America's Grid Policy Management Authority (TAGPMA), one of three regional PMAs of the Interoperable Global Trust Federation (IGTF). Derek also serves as End-User Site Representative on the OpenHPC Technical Steering Committee, and as the representative for Academic Institution members on the Linux Foundation OpenHPC Governing Board.

Derek worked as a Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he served as a systems vulnerability analyst, security tutorial instructor, and author of security guidance documents for the CERT Coordination Center from 1995-2000. From 2000-2001, Derek worked as a senior information security engineer for the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute CyberSecurity Center.