2012 Frank Howard Lecture

"Why Fixing Cybersecurity Is So Difficult"

SEAS recently hosted Purdue University's Professor Eugene Spafford for the 2012 Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture. Professor Spafford has served as a senior advisor and consultant on security and intelligence, cybercrime, and computing issues to major companies, law enforcement and government agencies, academic institutions, and two U.S. presidents. Professor Spafford's full bio is available below.


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Dr. Eugene Spafford Biography

Dr. Spafford is one of the senior, most recognized leaders in the field of computing. He 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, and 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, Dr. 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. 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, and a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He is the executive director of the Purdue University Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS).

Starting in 2010, Dr. Spafford became editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Computers and 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. He 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. This includes receiving nearly every major award in the field of cyber security, and every award Purdue gives for excellence in teaching and educational development. He is a Fellow of the ACM, the AAAS, the IEEE, and the ISC2 and is a Distinguished Fellow of the ISSA.