Purdue expert available to discuss technical issues that beset major national entities today

July 8, 2015  

Eugene H. Spafford

Eugene H. Spafford 
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Purdue University cybersecurity expert Eugene H. Spafford is available to discuss computer glitches that on Wednesday (July 8) beset major U.S. entities – the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal.

“An airline is grounded. A stock exchange is shut down. A major newspaper has problems with its website. The talk turns to questions of security. Is it a coordinated set of attacks? Can we be sure? Even five years ago, that question would not come up,” Spafford says. “But with the history of penetrations, espionage and leaks, the root causes of failures now must include human intervention.”

Spafford, executive director of Purdue’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security – CERIAS - can address the issue of stability of some of our high-profile computing resources and what may be on the horizon with the “Internet of Things.”

CONTACT: Eugene H. Spafford, 765-494-7825, spaf@purdue.edu 

Media contact: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu 

Related information:

Eugene Spafford: Computer network security, cybercrime and ethics: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/experts/computer-network-security,-cybercrime-and-ethics.html 

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