Using Julia in Secure Environments
2019-07-24, 09:50–10:00, NS Room 130

As a product of the academic community, Julia has been developed with certain assumptions relating to source code availability and access. In secure environments, however, access to public (and even private) package repositories can be deliberately limited. It is still possible to use Julia in these environments: this talk will provide an overview of the challenges in deploying Julia in secure/controlled environments and discuss lessons learned from a real-world deployment on a secure system.


This talk stems from the author's (eventually successful) attempt to deploy Julia along with associated packages on a secure network. Last year there was a fairly long discourse thread on this subject; this talk will serve as a followup to the initial attempts and will discuss lessons learned and advice for those seeking to use Julia in restricted environments.

Seth Bromberger has been involved in network and systems security for over twenty years. His work history spans multiple industries and sectors including government, finance, and energy.

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Seth is exploring practical methods to improve the security of next-generation critical infrastructure. Previously, he was Principal at NCI Security, a consulting firm dedicated to the protection of domestic and international critical infrastructure, and was the Executive Vice President of Classified and Government Programs at Energy Sector Security Consortium, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization he co-founded in 2008.

Seth's research interests include critical infrastructure protection, industrial control system and network security, and the security of emerging energy technologies such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Smart Grid systems. He is an active participant in several industry working groups and has been recognized in multiple sectors as a security thought leader and leading security practitioner.

Seth's work on large scale data analysis and multi-source correlation techniques resulted in his being the listed inventor on patent application 13/339,509, “System And Method For Monitoring a Utility Meter Network”, which describes the TopSight system he developed to detect anomalous behavior in a multi-million node Smart Meter network while at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is also co-developer of the system described in patent application PCT/ US2013/026504, “Method and System for Packet Acquisition, Analysis and Intrusion Detection in Field Area Networks” which is being used by utilities to analyze the complex interactions among devices participating in large-scale mesh networks. Most recently, Seth conceived and developed the NetCanary system which is designed to detect reconnaissance attempts against critical infrastructure and other systems.

Seth received his B.A. in International Relations from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

A list of presentations and publications may be found on Seth's personal site.