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The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Eugene Spafford - CERIAS

Students: Fall 2021, unless noted otherwise, sessions will be virtual on Zoom.

Wither COAST, CERIAS, and InfoSec at Purdue?

Jan 01, 1999


Purdue has had a presence in information security research and education since 1979. This history includes Dorothy Denning, Matt Bishop, Carl Landwehr, Gene Schultz, and many other notable graduates (although not all have been in CS).
In 1992, the COAST Laboratory was formed in the CS department. In the years since this effort has produced 4 PhDs, about 30 MS students, and as many as 50 undergrads involved in projects.

Then, in 1998, the CERIAS was formed as a multi-disciplinary research center on campus. This program is growing rapidly, and now has over $6.5 million in funding.

This talk will discuss some of the goals and accomplishments of the CERIAS, the future (or not) of COAST, and the external demand for infosec professionals from Purdue

About the Speaker

Spaf may or may not be an alien from another planet. He is alleged to have a fondness for bad jokes, chocolate, and being politically incorrect whenever possible.
What is known for certain is that he is the current Director of the CERIAS, the founder of the COAST Laboratory, and the interim Information Systems Security Officer for Purdue University.

A more conventional bio is available.

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