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Anthony Joseph. (Image credit: NSF.)

This ScienceLives article was provided to Live Science in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

The Cold War may be over, but silent dangers still lurk in cyber space. With increasing amounts of sensitive personal information — social security numbers, financial data, stock transactions — finding its way onto computing networks, cyber security becomes more important every day. Technologies for cyber defense, however, have not kept pace with threats to cyber security.

Anthony Joseph is one of the key researchers involved in fixing this trend. A professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient, Joseph works on projects at the DeterLab, the primary scientific computing facility for cyber security researchers worldwide. The DETER project creates technologies that adapt to the growing and changing forms of cyber threats so that companies and researchers can test the robustness of their own security and network systems.

Joseph received simultaneous bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, and then his Ph.D. in computer science, all from MIT. He is currently director of the Intel Berkeley Research Laboratory, which collaborates with universities on cyber security research.

Joseph also works on cloud computing technologies — if you've used Twitter, you've used his technology — and cancer genetics. To find out more, watch the accompanying video.

Name: Anthony Joseph Institution: University of California, Berkeley Field of Study: Computer science

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