Spafford Recognized With One of the Indiana’s Highest Honors

Pictured with Eugene Spafford are Suresh Garimella (left), Purdue's executive vice president for research and partnerships, and Douglas Rapp, adviser for cyber and national security initiatives at Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Pictured with Eugene Spafford are Suresh Garimella (left),
Purdue’s executive vice president for research and partnerships,
and Douglas Rapp, adviser for cyber and national security
initiatives at Indiana Economic Development Corporation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (Purdue News). —A longtime Purdue University
faculty member was honored Friday (Nov. 18) with one of Indiana’s
highest awards.

Eugene H. Spafford, a professor in the Department of Computer
Science, received the Sagamore of the Wabash during an afternoon
ceremony at the Purdue Research Park.

Spafford thanked his past and present colleagues and students
who worked with him, and contributed to his accomplishments.

“As an early leader in this area, I am grateful to be recognized
for how my efforts have helped make a difference in Indiana, as
well as nationally and internationally,” he said. “However, I hope
no one thinks the problems are solved or that I’m done working in
the field. Better cyber security and privacy are needed more now
than ever before.”

The event was part of the state’s Cybersecurity Town Hall
meeting. The meeting, a program with the Indiana Economic
Development Corp., explored ways that Purdue can support the
state’s commercial businesses in security, resiliency, privacy and
cybercrime.

The Sagamore of the Wabash Award, established by then-governor
Ralph Gates in the 1940s, is a tribute to those who have rendered
distinguished service to the state. Astronauts, presidents, artists
and ordinary citizens have all received past awards.

Spafford came to Purdue in 1987. Since that time, he has earned
numerous awards in the cybersecurity community and at the
university, becoming one of Purdue’s inaugural Morrill Professors
in 2012.

Among his accomplishments is his leadership in the Center for
Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security.
Spafford was a founder of CERIAS in 1998 and remains as director
emeritus.

He has been recognized with every major award in cybersecurity
including his selection in October by the International Federation
of Information Processing Societies as the 2017 recipient of the
IFIP annual Kristian Beckman Award

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