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Paul Francik

Paul Francik

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 375-6520


Paul is currently an intern while completing his final year at CBC studying Cyber Security. Previous experience includes running his own business as a hairstylist, working as a chemical technologist on the Hanford site at the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility, operating his own photography business while running social media campaigns and writing professional blogs for other businesses and individuals while implementing strategies to improve their SEO rankings. Paul has always been drawn to the arts and sciences and has managed to keep his feet in both disciplines, often combining technical skill and artful presentation.

Currently Paul is working with the Advanced Lighting Team on Connected Lighting Systems characterizing and assessing vulnerabilities in an effort to educate lighting industry stakeholders on how to make their systems more resilient and robust to outside threats.

Research Interests

  • Threat Profiling for various system architectures and physical spaces
  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Connected lighting systems
  • IoT devices and integrations
  • Social engineering
  • Physical Access Control

Education and Credentials

  • A.A. Columbia Basin College
  • B.A.S Cyber Security, Columbia Basin College (In process)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2019 Red Team member for DOE CyberForce competition focusing on the defensive/hardening nature of energy cyber infrastructure
  • 2019 Guest speaker at Columbia Basin College‚Äôs Presidential Leadership Breakfast.
  • 2015-2019 Columbia Basin College Foundation Scholarship recipient

PNNL Publications


Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas