Seth James Nielson

Founder & Chief Scientist


Dr. Nielson is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Crimson Vista Inc. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Computer Science from BYU, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University. In addition to his work at Crimson, he is also Adjunct Faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Nielson has consulted a wide range of technical projects including the development of security communications, commodity hardware acceleration, secure file systems, privacy, auditing, vulnerability analysis,  and cryptographic implementation. He has also been retained by companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune-100 for security evaluation and advising. Additionally, Dr. Nielson is active in research in areas such as formal security proofs, distributed systems, and ransomware mitigation.

Beyond technical consulting, Dr. Nielson has also consulted on a wide range of legal cases and has given expert testimony in trial. He has submitted or contributed to dozens of reports on topics including: high-frequency trading, antivirus software, advanced firewall filtration, e-commerce transmissions, cryptographic protocols, and many others.

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PhD, Computer Science, Rice
MS, Computer Science, BYU
BS, Computer Science, BYU

Areas of Expertise:

Cybersecurity, Network Architecture, Software Engineering

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