Cyber Security Team

The cyber team that represents 125+ years experience 

The cyber team is highly experienced in the development, commissioning and commercialization of real-time, mission-critical, and plant display systems. 

Dave Trask, Principal Engineer, Information and Control Systems 

After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Dave joined CNL (formerly Atomic Energy of Canada) in 1989 as a Control Systems Designer. Dave is now the Principal Engineer in Information and Control systems at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization.  He supports senior leadership strategy decisions related to Research and Development activities.  His particular expertise is in the areas of cyber security, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, real-time software development for mission critical systems, standards compliance, and project management.  Dave has been instrumental in establishing CNL’s research capability in cyber security for industrial control systems, securing investment in multi-million dollar projects and facilities as well as establishing international partnerships and collaborating relationships. 

Dr. Bhaskar Sur, Director of the Safety and Security S&T Program 

Bhaskar has participated in and led research and development projects that have generated an estimated $500M in revenue. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications in high-quality scientific journals including Nature, Physical Review Letters, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science and Annals of Nuclear Science. In addition, Dr. Sur holds six industrial patents on nuclear instrumentation and process systems.  

Bhaskar was the recipient of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Richard Doucet, Senior Software Architect, Information and Control Systems

Richard Doucet is a Senior Software Architect specializing in real-time mission critical instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants.   He has been with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) for 29 years, designing, implementing and commissioning software systems performing process control, plant display, health monitoring, and data logging functions. In recent years he has focused on architecting secure solutions for industrial control systems, addressing communication paths that extend from critical safety to enterprise business systems and employing advanced network switches, firewalls, IDSs, IPSs, endpoint protection, anomaly detection, sandboxing, network taps, SIEMs, and virtual machine technologies. 

Underpinning this work is Richard’s expertise in software engineering and managing multi-user software development teams in a high-paced production environment where adherence to rigorous work practices such as configuration management, change control and testing are essential.  Richard is adept at understanding new technologies yet discerning of weaknesses that lay beyond the advertised features of a product.  His coding acumen is unparalleled, producing well-designed and robust solutions with extremely high proficiency.  He is currently developing an anomaly detection system using custom non-interfering host agents and a passive network data collection and aggregation system using his own custom data diode solution as well as network tapping technologies.

Marienna MacDonald, Senior Engineer, Information and Control Systems

Marienna MacDonald has 31 years of experience in Nuclear Power Plant instrumentation and control systems.  She is an expert in the software development lifecycle for mission critical software, developing work practices that meet international standards for requirements definition, system design, change control, configuration management, software release and testing.  Her quality assurance experience has extended to establishing and managing the QA program for a nuclear research lab as well as conducting the safety analyses of replacement industrial equipment to IEC 61508/IEC 61513 standards.  In recent years she has focused on developing best practices for industrial system owners to meet cyber security standards, based on a wide-range of national and international standards including CSA, NIST, IEC, NERC CIP, EPRI and IAEA, and addressing topics such as governance, roles and responsibilities, secure coding practices, incident response, and supply chain. 

Marienna is a versatile engineer and adept at responding to changing priorities in a fast-paced and technically demanding environment where innovative research is balanced with growing a commercially competitive cyber security business.  She is instrumental in producing the artefacts that meet project obligations as well as inform executive leadership of business growth opportunities. 

Karthik Thiyagarajan, Cyber Security Research Scientist

Karthik Thiyagarajan is a Cyber Security Research Scientist at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Canada's premier nuclear science and technology organization. He is an accomplished research and development engineer specializing in Embedded Systems Development.

Karthik has several years of experience developing software for companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 organizations. In these organizations, he did the system design and implementation for applications such as Image Processing, Video Compression and Cyber Security.

After obtaining a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Anna University India in 2010 he completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Embedded Systems Design from NIIT Calicut, India in 2011.  He completed his Master of Applied Science Degree (research-based) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. His Masters Research Thesis focused on cryptography for multimedia-embedded systems; his work was published in the International Journal of Computer Network and Information Security and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. His areas of research are on Embedded Systems, Industrial Control systems and Cyber Security. 

Matthew Daley, Research Scientist, Information and Control Systems

Matthew has 20 years of experience in the industrial sector, most recently spending the last 12 years as a Research Scientist in Information and Control Systems at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.  He has extensive experience in real-time C and C++ development for safety-related applications meeting the rigorous requirements of international safety standards such as IEC 61508 and IEC 61513.  This work has extended to performing suitability analyses of digital equipment replacements in mission critical applications.   Matt has transferred these skills to cyber event detection projects in process control environments as well as contributing to the identification of best practices for cyber security compliance to national standards.  

Prior to joining CNL, Matthew had 8 year’s experience in the electrical utility industry where he worked at the New Brunswick Power Corporation supporting the critical computer systems of the Distribution Business Unit.  During his time at NB Power, Matthew was the lead technical resource implementing a modernized outage management and computer-aided dispatch system, including being the architect and lead developer on an innovative after-hours resource scheduling and recommendation system. 

Salman Khan, Cyber Security Research Scientist

Salman Khan has recently joined CNL as a Research Scientist in Cyber Security after completing his research work as a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. thesis defense. Salman has 12 years of experience in research, design and development of IT/engineering products. For the past 7 years, Salman has worked in the domain of cyber security and is specialized in applying cognitive intelligence to improve machine learning algorithms for the detection of advanced zero-day cyber threats. Salman's research work resulted in the successful 3 year collaboration with the Cyber Intelligence and Analysis department of Canadian Tire Corporation where he developed data science tools to analyze network data for cyber security purposes.  Previously, Salman was the lead firmware developer of an FPGA-based Positron Emission Tomography (OpenPET) project at the University of Manitoba which has involved collaboration with the Lawrence Berkley National Lab, USA and TRIUMF Canada.  Salman has also successfully designed, procured and executed research and development international grants in the IT domain of Voice over IP. Through these grants, Salman led the development of an enterprise VoIP product which was subsequently commercialized in the Far East and the Gulf market.

Salman completed his M.S. in Electrical engineering from Rutgers University, USA. He has been the recipient of several prestigious academic and industrial grants and awards over the years, including Mitacs Canada, NSERC (D), Fulbright, as well as receiving a nomination for a Canadian Vanier Scholarship. He has authored and co-authored 19 conference papers, 5 journals and 2 book chapters and presented his work at various international conferences.  Salman has teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Salman is passionate about improving cognitive capabilities of machine intelligence tools to mimic human intelligence and discover new knowledge. Salman is ambitious about bridging the gap between academic research and the industry to solve the challenging problems of the world and increase Canada’s technological footprint. He is passionate about contributing to Canadian intellectual assets by leading the development of next generation of cyber tools at CNL.