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Purdue Professor Receives Top Honors in Cybersecurity

September 6, 2013

Dr. Eugene "Spaf" Spafford has been named as one of the 2013 inductees to the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame whose mission is to "Respect the past. Protect the Future." The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize pioneering individuals who have laid the foundation for the Cyber Security Industry.

On October 9, 2013, Dr. Spafford will be inducted into the Cyber Security Hall of Fame.

The Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals for their overall contributions to the information security profession, according to the (ISC)2 website. (ISC)2 is a not-for-profit organization that educates and certifies information security professionals throughout their careers.


Dr. Spafford received his B.A. degree with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science from the State University College at Brockport (1979, NY). Upon graduation, he was honored with a SUNY College President's Citation. He then attended the School of Information and Computer Science (now the College of Computing) at Georgia Institute of Technology, holding both a Georgia Tech President's Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

Spaf received his M.S. in 1981, and the Ph.D. in 1986 for his design and implementation of the original Clouds reliable, distributed operating system kernel, and for his contributions as one of the original members of the Clouds design team. Next, Dr. Spafford spent a year and a half as a research scientist (postdoc) with the Software Engineering Center at Georgia Tech. His duties there included serving as a principal software engineer with the Mothra software testing project.

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