Gene Spafford

Professor and Executive Director Emeritus in West Lafayette, Indiana

Gene Spafford

Professor and Executive Director Emeritus in West Lafayette, Indiana

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Eugene H. Spafford is a professor at Purdue University who specializes in issues of information security, digital forensics, privacy technology, and security and science policy. Among many other things, he is the founder and executive director emeritus of CERIAS at Purdue University, and is Editor-in-Chief of the oldest journal in the field, Computers & Security (Elsevier). Spaf, as he is widely known, also operates a consulting company: CSSCS.

Dr. Spafford has been working in the field of computing for over 30 years and is responsible for a number of "firsts" in computing. He has been recognized by many major scientific and professional organizations for his many achievements in research, education, and engagement. You can find more specific information about him on his homepage or via his abbreviated academic vita. Spaf is also sometimes rather silly, and that may be evident via his social media posts, and some of his links from his homepage. Life shouldn't be taken too seriously!

  • Work
    • Purdue University
  • Education
    • SUNY College at Brockport (BA)
    • Georgia Tech (MS)
    • Georgia Tech (PhD)