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Eugene H. Spafford (" spaf ")
Dept. of Computer Sciences
Lawson Building
Room 1183
305 North University Ave.
W. Lafayette, IN 47907-2107
Executive Director Emeritus
Purdue University CERIAS
Covergence Building
Room 3815 (in Suite 3800)
101 Foundry Drive
W. Lafayette , IN 47906-3446
Email: (professional) -OR- (personal)
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+1 765 494 0739 (CS department office)

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Timezone is EDT (GMT -0400)

Office Hours for Spring 2023 in LWSN 1183

  • Usually, Wed 2:30-4pm
  • Other times by appointment, either on-line or in person


Computers & Security Magazine

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Published since 1982, COSE is the original journal in computing security & privacy issues, and is the official journal of IFIP TC-11 (Computer Security).

We welcome original, high-quality article submissions via the journal's on-line system

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In Brief...

Dr. Eugene Spafford is a professor with an appointment in Computer Science at Purdue University, where he has served on the faculty since 1987. He is also a professor of Philosophy (courtesy), a professor of Communication (courtesy), a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy) and a Professor of Political Science (courtesy). He serves on a number of advisory and editorial boards. Spafford's current research interests are primarily in the areas of information security, computer crime investigation and information ethics. He is generally recognized as one of the senior leaders in the field of computing.

Spaf (as he is known to his friends, colleagues, and students) is Executive Director Emeritus of the Purdue CERIAS (Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security), and was the founder and director of the (superseded) COAST Laboratory.

Spaf is Editor-on-Chief of the Elsevier journal Computers & Security, the oldest journal in the field of information security, and the official outlet of IFIP TC-11. He is currently serving as a member of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and Sightline Security (a non-profit, charitable organization).

A more complete account of Spaf's activities and background may be found on the "Short biography" page. You can find out about some of his recent activities by visiting his news page. A complete C.V. is also available.

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Updated: 05/18/24

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