Eugene H. Spafford

Eugene H. Spafford

Professor Department of Computer Sciences and Executive Director CERIAS, Purdue University, United States

Eugene H. Spafford is one of the senior, most recognized leaders in the field of computing. He has been honored with nearly every possible award in cyber security, including induction into the Cyber Security Hall of Fame; every major award at Purdue University for teaching; and many major awards for distinguished service to the computing community, including the CRA Distinguished Service Award. Spaf (as he is known to friends) has an on-going record of  accomplishment as a senior advisor and consultant  on issues of security  and  intelligence, education, cybercrime and computing policy to a number of major companies, law enforcement organizations, academic and government agencies, including Microsoft, Intel, Unisys, the US Air Force, the National Security Agency, the GAO, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Justice, the Department of Energy, and two Presidents of the United States. With over three decades of experience as a researcher and instructor, Professor Spafford has worked in software engineering, reliable distributed computing, host and network security, digital forensics, computing policy, and computing curriculum design. He is responsible for a number of “firsts” in several of these areas.

Dr. Eugene Spafford is a professor with an appointment in Computer Science at Purdue University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1987. He also has courtesy appointments as a professor of Philosophy, a professor of Communication, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a professor of Political Science. He is the Executive Director of the Purdue University Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). 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.

Starting in 2010, Spaf became Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Computers & Security, the oldest journal in the field of information security, and the official outlet of IFIP TC-11. Prior to this appointment, he served as Academic Editor (Associate Editor) of the journal from 1998–2009.

Dr. Spafford is currently the chair of the ACM’s US Public Policy Council, a position he has held since 1998, and is a member of ACM Council from 2012-2016.

Spaf serves on a number of advisory and editorial boards, and has been honored numerous times for his writing, research, and teaching on issues of security and ethics. He is is a Fellow of the ACM, the AAAS, the IEEE, the ISC2, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the ISSA — the only person to ever be named to all five.