Justin M Beaver

Cyber and Information Security Research Group Lead

Dr. Justin M. Beaver is a senior research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), with primary research interests in the application of data mining and machine learning methods to cyber security data for threat characterization, detection and prediction.  He also leads the Cyber and Information Security Research (CISR) Group at ORNL, comprised of ~40 scientists and engineers focused on cutting edge research in cybersecurity data architectures and analytics, intrusion detection, situational awareness, secure communications, sensing and signal analytics, malware analysis and trusted communication architectures.  The group mission is to defend, understand, and secure the nation's energy, economic, and security infrastructure. 

Dr. Beaver holds a B.S. degree (1995) in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, and M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida.   He began his professional career in 1995 as a computer engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).  From 1995 through 2007, he contributed to several different launch control system development projects in support of the Space Shuttle program.  His primary achievements with NASA include the deployment of a new command/control system for the Space Shuttle Hazardous Maintenance Facility in 2001, serving as systems engineer for a new control system for experimental plant growth chambers in 2003, leading the first Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) evaluation of the KSC development processes as Engineering Process Group Chairman (2005), and prototyping a new checkout and launch control system for post-shuttle vehicles (2007).

In 2008, Dr. Beaver began working at ORNL as a computer scientist in the Applied Software Engineering Research (ASER) Group.  Initially, his work centered on developing information fusion methods for threat assessment, with applications in the static analysis of shipping containers and in social simulations.  This work led to threat analysis research in the cyber security domain, and determining new ways to glean useful insights from noisy cyber security alert data.

In 2011, ASER became the Computational Data Analytics (CDA) Group and Dr. Beaver served as the lead for the Intelligent Computing Research (ICR) Team in CDA.  ICR was an applied algorithm development research group centered on innovation in the analysis of large-scale high-speed data to solve pressing national challenges.  From 2011 through 2016, the ICR staff leveraged their core computer science expertise on projects spanning multple application domains, including law enforcement, intelligence, biosurveillance, health informatics, biomedical, social media analysis, and cyber security.  In addition to team lead, Dr. Beaver served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the cyber security projects in ICR.

Dr. Beaver is an author on over 25 refereed research publications.  He currently serves as the PI for Oak Ridge Cyber Analytics (ORCA), a collection of research projects focused on applying the latest data mining, machine learning, and text analysis technologies to data problems in the cyber security space.  In addition to his research and development work, Dr. Beaver is currently operationalizing several of these technologies for defense applications. 


CCSD Employee of the Quarter (2015)
ORNL Significant Event Award (2012): Demonstration of zero-day network attack detection
ORNL Significant Event Award (2009): Development and delivery of high-risk proof-of-concept cyber security system


U.S. Patent No. 9,497,204,  “In-Situ Trainable Intrusion Detection System”, Issued: November 15, 2016,