Staff Profile

Richard Pethia

Richard Pethia

Director, CERT Division and SEI Fellow

Richard Pethia is Director of the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The CERT Division conducts research and development activities to produce technology and systems management practices that help organizations recognize, resist, and recover from attacks on networked systems. The program’s CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has formed a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security to provide a national cybersecurity system, US-CERT.

Pethia is also a co-director of Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, a public/private partnership to develop new technologies for measurable, available, secure, trustworthy, and sustainable computing and communications systems. This university-wide, multidisciplinary initiative involves more than 200 faculty, students, and staff at Carnegie Mellon.

In 2003, Pethia was awarded the position of SEI Fellow for his vision and leadership in establishing the CERT/CC, for his development of the research and development program, and for his ongoing work and leadership in the areas of information assurance and computer and network security.

Prior to joining the SEI, Pethia was Director of Engineering at Decision Data Computer Company, where he was responsible for engineering functions and resource management in support of new product development. He also was Manager of Operating Systems Development for Modular Computer Corporation. While there he led development efforts focused on real-time operating systems, networks, and other system software in the application areas of industrial automation, process control, data acquisition, and telecommunications.

Pethia has testified before U.S. House and Senate committees and the Pennsylvania Legislature on internet and e-commerce security issues, cyber-defense, the effects of computer viruses, and possible actions to prevent future viruses from impacting networks. He has also made presentations on computer security and computer crime to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and Interpol.

He earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.

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