CSP #100 – Cybersecurity Myths & Misconceptions: Avoiding the Pitfalls – Eugene Spafford

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1. Cybersecurity Myths and Misconceptions: Avoiding the Pitfalls – Eugene Spafford – CSP #100

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Eugene Spafford
Professor at Purdue University

Eugene H. Spafford is one of the most senior academics in the field of cybersecurity. During his 44 years in computing—including 35 years as a faculty member at Purdue University — Spaf (as he is widely known) has worked on issues in privacy, public policy, law enforcement, software engineering, education, social networks, operating systems, and cyber security. He has been involved in the development of fundamental technologies in intrusion detection, incident response, firewalls, integrity management, and forensic investigation. His interests range over these and many other areas, and this has been one of the factors behind his leadership of CERIAS, the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, where he is the Executive Director Emeritus.

Spaf has served as a senior advisor to US and International agencies, companies, and organizations. This has included advising corporate boards, consulting in judicial actions, and serving on study commissions. He has worked extensively with the US Air Force, the US Naval Academy, FBI, and DOE National Labs, the National Science Foundation, the ACM, Microsoft, Intel, Unisys, and the Computing Research Association — among others.

Dr. Spafford is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAA&S), and the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); a Life Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE, and the (ISC)2; a Life Distinguished Fellow of the ISSA; and a member of the Cyber Security Hall of Fame — the only person to ever hold all these distinctions. In 2012 he was named as one of Purdue’s inaugural Morrill Professors — the university’s highest award for the combination of scholarship, teaching, and service. In 2016, he received the State of Indiana’s highest civilian honor by being named as a Sagamore of the Wabash.


Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative

Todd Fitzgerald has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.