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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5 times to leave landscaping to the professionals

May 28 2015

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the various costs that pop up when you’re a homeowner. Things like furnace/AC Repair, having to put on a new roof, and annual maintenance can take a bite out of your savings account — and leave… read more

Here’s why finance is about to be disrupted

May 28 2015

Request an invitation to Next:Money, O’Reilly’s conference focused on the fundamental transformation taking place in the finance industry. Editor’s note: We’re approaching an inflection point in all things “money” — currency, transactions, markets, and capitalism itself. Fundamental changes in the … read more

Validating data models with Kafka-based pipelines

May 28 2015

Start the O’Reilly “Introduction to Apache Kafka” training video for free. In this video, Gwen Shapira shows developers and administrators how to integrate Kafka into a data processing pipeline. A/B testing is a popular method of using business intelligence data … read more

Here’s why finance is about to be disrupted

May 28 2015

Request an invitation to Next:Money, O’Reilly’s conference focused on the fundamental transformation taking place in the finance industry. Editor’s note: We’re approaching an inflection point in all things “money” — currency, transactions, markets, and capitalism itself. Fundamental changes in the … read more

Validating data models with Kafka-based pipelines

May 28 2015

Start the O’Reilly “Introduction to Apache Kafka” training video for free. In this video, Gwen Shapira shows developers and administrators how to integrate Kafka into a data processing pipeline. A/B testing is a popular method of using business intelligence data … read more

Four short links: 28 May 2015

May 28 2015

Internet Trends 2015 (PDF) — Mary Meeker’s preso. Messaging + Notifications = Key Layers of Every Meaningful Mobile App Messaging Leaders Aiming to Create Cross-Platform Operating Systems that Are Context-Persistent Communications Hubs for More & More Services. This year’s deck … read more

Four short links: 28 May 2015

May 28 2015

Internet Trends 2015 (PDF) — Mary Meeker’s preso. Messaging + Notifications = Key Layers of Every Meaningful Mobile App Messaging Leaders Aiming to Create Cross-Platform Operating Systems that Are Context-Persistent Communications Hubs for More & More Services. This year’s deck … read more