Dr. Eugene H. Spafford

Professor of Computer Sciences, Purdue University

Eugene H. Spafford is one of the most senior academics in the field of cybersecurity. During his 44 years in computing—including 35 years as a faculty member at Purdue University — Spaf (as he is widely known) has worked on issues in privacy, public policy, law enforcement, software engineering, education, social networks, operating systems, and cyber security. He has been involved in the development of fundamental technologies in intrusion detection, incident response, firewalls, integrity management, and forensic investigation. His interests range over these and many other areas, and this has been one of the factors behind his leadership of CERIAS, the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, where he is the Executive Director Emeritus.

Soaf has served as a senior advisor to US and International agencies, companies, and organizations. This has included advising corporate boards, consulting in judicial actions, and serving on study commissions. He has worked extensively with the US Air Force, the US Naval Academy, FBI, and DOE National Labs, the National Science Foundation, the ACM, Microsoft, Intel, Unisys, and the Computing Research Association — among others.

Dr. Spafford is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAA&S), the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the ACM, the IEEE, and the (ISC)2; a Distinguished Fellow of the ISSA; and a member of the Cyber Security Hall of Fame — the only person to ever hold all these distinctions. In 2012 he was named as one of Purdue’s inaugural Morrill Professors — the university’s highest award for the combination of scholarship, teaching, and service. In 2016, he received the State of Indiana’s highest civilian honor by being named as a Sagamore of the Wabash.

Among many other activities, he is chair of ACM Publications Ethics & Plagiarism Committee and is editor-in-chief of the journal Computers & Security.