As with other computer science fields, the information security space lacks female executives. And Eugene Spafford says there are several big reasons why women remain a minority in the sector.
“Therefore, anybody running an XP system could fall prey to someone who is trying to exercise one of those vulnerabilities,” says Eugene Spafford, executive director of The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University. He says XP users had more than six years to prepare for the end, but not everyone has been proactive.
Eugene H. Spafford is chair of ACM’s U.S. Public Policy Council (USACM), and is a Member-at-Large of the ACM Council. He is a professor of Computer Science at Purdue University, and founder and executive director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) there. His current research interests are focused on issues of computer and network security, cybercrime and ethics, technology policy, and social impact of computing.
In an interview conducted at RSA 2014, Professor Spafford discusses:
The dangerous intersection of information security and government;
The plight of women entering IT security;
How to grow the profession.
The NSA has announced that Purdue-CERIAS has received a five year renewal as a Center for Academic Excellence in Research.
Professor Spafford and others weighed in on the most vulnerable technologies at the 2013 ISSA International Conference.