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UTSA hosts world-renowned cyber security expert

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 13, 2008)--The UTSA Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) welcomes Professor Eugene Spafford, world-renowned cyber security expert, for a presentation "Information Security: Some Past Successes, Some Future Challenges" at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building Room 2.102 on the 1604 Campus.

At the event, the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security also will officially launch a new ICS Internet security incubator designed to develop and assist in commercializing promising technologies that address major cyber security and privacy issues.

Spafford is executive director of the Purdue University Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). Since 1987, he has served as a professor of computer science at Purdue, along with courtesy titles as professor of philosophy, communication, and electrical and computer engineering. In 2007, Spafford began serving as executive director of the advisory board for the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security.

One of the most senior and recognized leaders in the field of computing, Spafford has an ongoing record of accomplishment as a senior adviser and consultant on issues of security and intelligence, education, cybercrime and computing policy for a number of major companies, law enforcement organizations, and academic and government agencies, including Microsoft, Intel, Unisys, Air Force, National Security Agency, General Accounting Office, FBI, National Science Foundation, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, and two U.S. presidents.

With nearly three decades of experience as a researcher and instructor, 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.

"One thing I learned from establishing and running CERIAS is that the more people dedicated to enhancing the practice of computer security, the better," said Spafford. "I am honored to be involved with the Institute for Cyber Security at UTSA -- it is a welcome addition to the academic community. ICS has strong institutional and local support, world-class leadership, and enthusiastic community support -- all critical elements for long-term success. I am particularly impressed with the launch of the ICS incubator, which has already begun working with some very interesting young companies in the application security space."

Spafford 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 received his doctoral degree in informational and computer science and his master's degree in information and computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Spafford earn a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and computer science at the State University College at Brockport, N.Y.