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Who's Who in Infosec: Eugene H. Spafford

Who's Who in Infosec is an ongoing series featuring profiles of security professionals and their contributions to the industry.

Who's Who in Infosec is an ongoing series featuring profiles of security professionals and their contributions to the industry. will recognize one of these individuals with the Trailblazer Leadership Award at Security Decisions 2003. members are invited to submit nominations for the award through Aug. 1, 2003.

Eugene H. Spafford is a professor of Computer Sciences at Purdue University, a professor of Philosophy (courtesy appointment), a professor of Communication (courtesy), and is Director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. CERIAS is a campus-wide multi-disciplinary Center, with a broadly focused mission to explore issues related to protecting information and information resources. Spaf has written extensively about information security, software engineering and professional ethics. He has published over 100 articles and reports on his research, has written or contributed to over a dozen books, and he serves on the editorial boards of most major infosec-related journals.

Spaf is a Fellow of the ACM, Fellow of the AAAS, Fellow of the IEEE and is a charter recipient of the Computer Society's Golden Core award. In 2000, he was named as a CISSP, honoris causa. He was the year 2000 recipient of the NIST/NCSC National Computer Systems Security Award, generally regarded as the field's most significant honor in information security research. In 2001, he was named as one of the recipients of the "Charles B. Murphy" awards and named as a Fellow of the Purdue Teaching Academy, and in 2003 he was named to the "Book of Great Teachers" -- thus receiving all three of the University's highest awards for outstanding teaching. In 2001, he was elected to the ISSA Hall of Fame, and he was awarded the William Hugh Murray medal of the NCISSE for his contributions to research and education in infosec.

Among his many activities, Spaf is co-chair of the ACM's U.S. Public Policy Committee and of its Advisory Committee on Computer Security and Privacy, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association, is a member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and is a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Council (PITAC).

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In his spare time, Spaf wonders why he has no spare time.

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