Cyber Security Hall of Famer Returns to Campus for Presentation

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Eugene Spafford ’79, PhD returns to SUNY Brockport on Friday, October 27 at 2 pm in the Seymour Union Ballroom for a presentation on the history and future of cybersecurity.

The class of 1979 computing science and mathematics graduate is an expert in the field with more than 45 years in computing as a student, researcher, consultant, and professor resulting in an induction into the Cyber Security Hall of Fame.

Presentation Abstract:

Cybersecurity is about 60 years old. As such, it is a relatively new field, with much of its early history being centered in computing. As technology and computing uses have advanced, new challenges, threats, and solutions have appeared. Today’s cybersecurity landscape includes issues related to people, laws, privacy, safety, and fundamental questions of ethics, in addition to issues of technology.

In this talk, I will recap some of the history and developments of computing that have had implications for cybersecurity and related areas. I will discuss some of the current challenges and some of what I see as developments and challenges over the next few decades. Many of these are more general issues in computing, developing as we adapt to new technologies and constraints.

About Dr. Spafford:

  • Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University
  • One of the most senior academics in the field of cybersecurity
  • The founder and Executive Director Emeritus of CERIAS
  • An elected Fellow of AAA&S, and AAAS; a Life Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE, and the (ISC)2; a Life Distinguished Fellow of the ISSA; and a member of the Cyber Security Hall of Fame — the only person to ever hold all these distinctions
  • Named one of Purdue’s inaugural Morrill Professors — the university’s highest award for the combination of scholarship, teaching, and service

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Posted: October 13, 2023