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The one action that may make the most difference in how federal agencies secure their computer networks involves no new whiz-bang technology.
It has no up-front real-dollar costs either.
He was one of the first computer scientists to dissect the game-changing worm that hit the Internet 25 years ago and took down thousands of computers. He’s also credited for defining software forensics and shaping other security technologies. But Eugene “Spaf” Spafford says security still isn’t taken seriously enough today.
To mark his induction into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame, Purdue University Computer Science Professor Eugene Spafford offers insights on key challenges, including overcoming senior executives’ misperceptions about key issues.
Eugene Spafford, executive director of the CERIAS institute at Purdue University and an officer of the ACM, cautioned me against reaching simplistic ethical judgments. He said if a person is hacking computers and stealing messages to prevent a terrorist attack, they’re not necessarily in violation of the society’s code, which allows for “varying interpretations.”
Spafford, a computer science professor at Purdue, sees issues that often aren’t discussed in cloud computing conversations. “Too often, organizations [are] told that moving things to the cloud will be safer and cheaper, and cheaper as we know is always what tends to dominate these conversations and lead to new vulnerabilities,” Spafford says.
April 23, 2013 - EPIC has announced the 2013 members of the EPIC Advisory Board. They are Michael Froomkin, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law; Sheila Kaplan, student privacy advocate and founder of Education New York; Eugene Spafford, a/k/a/ “Spaf,” professor of Computer Science at Purdue University; and Tim Wu, professor at Columbia Law School and author of “The Master Switch.” The EPIC Advisory Board is a distinguished group of experts in law, technology, and public policy. Joining the EPIC Board of Directors in 2013 are current Advisory Board members David Farber, Joi Ito, and Jeff Jonas. For more information.
see EPIC: EPIC Advisory Board.