Spafford is a professor of computer science at Purdue. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential computer security experts. Spafford received a bachelor’s degree in both mathematics and computer science (double degree) from the State University of New York at Brockport. He completed a master’s and a Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
At Purdue, Spafford has been widely influential, founding the COAST Laboratory, which is now known as CERIAS, where he serves as Executive Director. The center is dedicated to educating and assisting the public and private sectors on key issues of information assurance and computer security. Spafford is an influential speaker and writer on issues involving computer security. He has authored four books, including the much read O’Reilly book, Practical Unix & Internet Security. Ever active at Purdue, as well as the broader security community, Spafford also finds time to teach philosophy and communications courses!
Along with his numerous distinctions and awards for his career in computer security, Spafford is also known for co-developing the Tripwire software with his then-student Gene Kim. He is also credited with spearheading the development of security databases which have become the well-known services CVE and ICAT at Mitre Corporation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
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