Dr. Simson Garfinkel

Chief Scientist and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Simson Garfinkel is the Advising Chief Scientist for BasisTech. An internationally recognized expert in the area of digital forensics, Garfinkel’s research publications include computer security, privacy, and policy issues pertaining to quantum information science. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Garfinkel has authored or co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed academic articles. Previously a tenured associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, Garfinkel has also held technical leadership positions at the US Census Bureau and the US Department of Homeland Security.

In addition to his work as a scientist, Garfinkel writes for popular technology and business publications about topics at the intersection of science, technology and society. His most recent book, Law and Policy for the Quantum Age (co-authored with Chris Hoofnagle), explores for a non-technical audience the defense, intelligence and commercial impact of quantum information science, including quantum computing, quantum sensing, and quantum cryptography. His previous book, THE COMPUTER BOOK (co-authored with Rachel Grunspan), presents an illustrated timeline of 250 milestones in the history of computing.