Eugene H. Spafford

Eugene H. Spafford

Professor of Computer Science
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

Education:
BA, Mathematics and Computer Science
State University of New York at Brockport (1979)
MS, Information and Computer Science
Georgia Institute of Technology (1981)
PhD, Information and Computer Science
Georgia Institute of Technology (1986)
DSc (honorary), State University of NY (SUNY) (2005)

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. In 2013 he was named to the Cyber Security Hall of Fame, and as recipient of the Harold F. Tipton 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.

Selected Publications
Mohammed Almeshekah, Mikhail Atallah and Eugene H. Spafford, "Covert Channels Can Be Useful! --Layering Authentication Channels to Provide Covert Communication", Proceedings of the 21st International Workshop on Security Protocols, F. Stajano and J. Anderson, eds.; 2013; Springer-Verlag.
Fariborz Farahmand and Eugene H. Spafford, "Understanding Insiders: An Analysis of Risk-Taking Behavior", Information Systems Frontiers, Springer; 15(1), March 2013; pp. 5-15.
Kyungroul Lee, Kangbin Yim, and Eugene H. Spafford, "Reverse-safe authentication protocol for secure USB memories", Security and Communication Networks, John Wiley & Sons; 5(8); pp. 834_845; August 2012.
Research Funding
Dongyan Xu, Eugene H. Spafford, An Integrated Architecture for Automatic Indication, Avoidance and Profiling of Kernel Rootkit Attacks, Air Force Office Of Scientific Research, 04/01/2010-03/31/2014
Melissa Jane Dark, Eugene H. Spafford, REU Site: Multi-disciplinary Information Assurance and Security, National Science Foundation, 06/15/2011-05/31/2015
Eugene H. Spafford, Victor Raskin, Melissa Jane Dark, Brandeis H. Marshall, Preparing Cyber Security Leaders, National Science Foundation, 03/01/2011-02/29/2016
Eugene H. Spafford, CERIAS VOLUNTARY SUPPORT, Raytheon, 01/05/2001
Eugene H. Spafford, Elisa Bertino, Bharat K. Bhargava, Sonia A. Fahmy, Richard P. Mislan, and Saurabh Bagchi, NGIT Cybersecurity Research Consortium, Northrop Grumman Space Technology, 09/01/2009-08/31/2014