Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy)
Professor of Communication (courtesy)
Professor of Philosophy (courtesy)
Professor of Political Science (courtesy)
Executive Director, Purdue CERIAS
Joined department: 1987
State University of New York at Brockport (1979)
Georgia Institute of Technology (1981)
Georgia Institute of Technology (1986)
Dr. Spafford's current research interests are focused on issues of computer and network security, cybercrime and ethics, technology policy, and social impact of computing. He is the founder and executive director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). He is also a charter member of the Faculty Leadership Committee of Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI). Both university-wide institutes draw on expertise and research across all of the academic disciplines at Purdue.
Spafford has received recognition and many honors for his research, including being named as a Fellow of the ACM, the AAAS, the IEEE, the (ISC)2, and as a Distinguished Fellow of the ISSA. He has been awarded status as an Honorary CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and named as a member of the ISSA's Hall of Fame. In October of 2000, Dr. Spafford received the field's most prestigious award: the NIST/ NCSC National Computer Systems Security Award.
Among other honors for Professor Spafford are the 2004 ACM SIGCAS Making a Difference Award, a U.S. Air Force medal for "Meritorious Civilian Service" for his work with the USAF Scientific Advisory Board from 1999-2003, the 2005 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, the 2006 ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contribution award, and the rarely given ACM President's Award in 2007. In 2009 he received the prestigious CRA Distinguished Service Award, and in 2011 he was presented with a SANS Lifetime Achievement Award.
Professor Spafford has also been honored for his teaching, including receiving all three of Purdue's highest honors for education: the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy, a Fellow of the Purdue Teaching Academy, and listing in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. In 2001, he was awarded the Founder's Medal by the NCISSE, and in 2003, he received the IEEE Computer Society's Taylor L. Booth medal for his accomplishments in infosec education. In 2009 he was awarded UPE's ABACUS award for contributions to excellence in education.
Among many professional activities, Dr. Spafford is chair of ACM's U.S. Public Policy Council, is a Member-at-Large of the ACM Council, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Computers & Security.