Chris received his B.A. in physics and mathematics from Saint Louis University in 1995. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis/University of Tennessee, HSC Joint program in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Since then, he has been at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and currently leads the Asymmetric Resilient Cybersecurity Initiative, also serving as Chief Scientist. His research is built on a foundation of high performance computing applications in biology, with special emphasis on how these biological approaches can be used as a new paradigm for other fields such as cybersecurity.
Beginning with ScalaBLAST, an open source high performance biosequence analysis application developed by his team at PNNL, Chris has led efforts exploring a variety of connections between sequence analysis and national security applications including analysis of software binaries and network traffic. He has developed applications in both of these areas which are being transitioned into operational use. More recently, he has led multiple efforts focused on adaptive, resilient cyber systems inspired in part by complex biological systems. His resilience and active defense work rely on a foundational application of biological principles for survivability and regeneration. Chris has over seven years of experience developing, leading, and executing research programs for a variety of sponsors.
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We are delivering the theory, processes, methodologies, and algorithms that will enable a resilient cyber infrastructure with an asymmetric advantage to thwart adversaries who seek to infiltrate and damage our national security through digital means. The ARC resilience concept is built on a modification of the Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA) loop that is inward-focused. We call this the DRDA loop, or the Discover-Reason-Decide-Act loop. Through our projects, we are developing and bringing in technologies that address each quadrant and that will manipulate networks and systems. Components in this loop are relevant for non-resilience applications as well, including state-based sensors, awareness of complex systems, and decision support.