Gene Spafford

Gene Spafford

Professor working with security, privacy and cybercrime

West Lafayette, Indiana

Gene Spafford, Ph.D., CISSP, is an internationally renowned scientist and educator who has been working in information security, policy, cybercrime, and software engineering for nearly two decades. He is a professor at Purdue University and is the director of CERIAS, the world's premier multidisciplinary academic center for information security and assurance. Professor Spafford and his students have pioneered a number of technologies and concepts well-known in security today, including the COPS and Tripwire tools, two-stage firewalls, and vulnerability databases. Spaf, as he is widely known, has achieved numerous professional honors recognizing his teaching, his research, and his professional service. These include being named a fellow of the AAAS, the ACM, and the IEEE; receiving the National Computer Systems Security Award; receiving the William Hugh Murray Medal of the NCISSE; election to the ISSA Hall of Fame; and receiving the Charles Murphy Award at Purdue. He was named a CISSP, honoris causa in 2000. In addition to over 100 technical reports and articles on his research, Spaf is also the coauthor of Web Security, Privacy, and Commerce, and was the consulting editor for Computer Crime: A Crimefighters Handbook (both from O'Reilly).

Practical UNIX and Internet Security Practical UNIX and Internet Security
by Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz
Third Edition February 2003
Print: $54.95
Ebook: $43.99

Web Security, Privacy & Commerce Web Security, Privacy & Commerce
by Simson Garfinkel
Second Edition November 2001
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Web Security and Commerce Web Security and Commerce
by Simson Garfinkel
June 1997
OUT OF PRINT

Practical UNIX and Internet Security Practical UNIX and Internet Security
by Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford
Second Edition April 1996
OUT OF PRINT

Practical UNIX Security Practical UNIX Security
by Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford
June 1991
OUT OF PRINT

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A “have-coffee” culture

May 21 2015

Download a free copy of Building an Optimized Business, a curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Web Operations and Performance library. This post is an excerpt by J. Paul Reed from DevOps in Practice, one of the selections included … read more

A “have-coffee” culture

May 21 2015

Download a free copy of Building an Optimized Business, a curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Web Operations and Performance library. This post is an excerpt by J. Paul Reed from DevOps in Practice, one of the selections included … read more

Cultivating change

May 21 2015

Attend Cultivate July 20 and 21, in Portland, Oregon. Cultivate is our conference looking at the challenges facing modern management and aiming to train a new generation of business leaders who understand the relationship between corporate culture and corporate prosperity. … read more

What today’s fitness technology means for tomorrow’s office

May 21 2015

Contributing Author: Claire Niech Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid is our conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world. At 5:37 a.m., Nina’s alarm … read more

Cultivating change

May 21 2015

Attend Cultivate July 20 and 21, in Portland, Oregon. Cultivate is our conference looking at the challenges facing modern management and aiming to train a new generation of business leaders who understand the relationship between corporate culture and corporate prosperity. … read more

What today’s fitness technology means for tomorrow’s office

May 21 2015

Contributing Author: Claire Niech Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid is our conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world. At 5:37 a.m., Nina’s alarm … read more

Toward a damned good information architecture

May 21 2015

Download a free copy of “The New Design Fundamentals” ebook, a curated collection of chapters from our Design library. Note: this post is an excerpt from “Information Architecture,” 4th Edition, by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, and Jorge Arango, which is … read more

Data science makes an impact on Wall Street

May 21 2015

Having started my career in industry, working on problems in finance, I’ve always appreciated how challenging it is to build consistently profitable systems in this extremely competitive domain. When I served as quant at a hedge fund in the late … read more

Data science makes an impact on Wall Street

May 21 2015

Having started my career in industry, working on problems in finance, I’ve always appreciated how challenging it is to build consistently profitable systems in this extremely competitive domain. When I served as quant at a hedge fund in the late … read more