CERIAS is the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. Spaf is the Executive Director Emeritus of this campus-wide Center, with a broadly-focused mission to explore issues related to protecting information and information resources.
Spaf is the immediate past chair. This group helps advise legislators and regulators about the impact of policy on cmputing technology and vice versa.
Government Testimony and Advice
Spaf has been called on to testify before Congress and advise the President. This page provides further details.
Computers & Security
Spaf is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Computers & Security -- the field's oldest journal.
Spaf was a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) for 2003-2005.
CRA Board of Directors
Senior Advisor at NSF
Spaf spent the 2003-2004 academic year at the National Science Foundation as a senior advisor to the Assistant Director of CISE, Dr. Peter Freeman. In this role he assisted in formulating general plans for programs such as the Cyber Trust solicitation, and increasing awareness of the interdisciplinary aspects of cyber security, privacy and forensics.
The Beta Indiana Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon
Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) is the international honor society for the computing sciences. Spaf was a founder and long-time faculty advisor of the Purdue University Chapter (Beta Chapter of Indiana).
The COAST Laboratory
Spaf was a member of the the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board in 1999-2003. This group provides expert scientific advice to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force regarding current and future technology issues.
The Spyder Project
A research project concerned with research into new methods of debugging software. My first three Ph.D. students worked on this project.
Spaf was a founding member of this group whose mission was to coordinate responses to computer security problems at Purdue. He was also Purdue's Chief Information Security Office (CISO) for several years.
This project is one under CERIAS where we are trying to build a server that is based on classic security principles, and is highly-resistant to attack and failure. More information is on the project home page.
The MESSIAHS Project
Research into scheduling mechanisms for autonomous, heterogeneous, distributed computing systems.
Spaf's involvement in guiding the Usenet
For 11 years, I updated the newusers postings and posted them to the net. I was the person who "created" the Usenet backbone concept (and thus the Usenet Cabal), helped design the current naming structure of Usenet, answered thousands of newbie questions, and many other activities. In 1993, I retired from the task.
IFIP Working Group 11.4: Network Security
Spaf is a past chair of this IFIP working group. IFIP TC11.4 is devoted to research in network security issues.
I coordinated efforts to educate representatives in Congress to the flaws in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Unfortunately, it was passed without fixing all the problems. The USACM continues to address these problems.