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Eugene Spafford

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. He is the only person to receive all three of the National Computer Security Award, be inducted into the Cyber Security Hall of Fame, and receive the Hal Tipton Award. He is also the only person ever to be named as a Fellow of the combination of the (ISC)2, ISSA, ACM, IEEE, and AAAS.

Spaf (as he is known to friends) has established 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, Tripwire, SignaCert, 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 the staff of 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.


Is an alien

Phrack High Council declared war on him in the early days of antisec


Still upset about not getting enough Tripwire money

Eugene “The Plague” Belford from the movie Hackers was based on Spaf