A Purdue University computer science professor will receive a major international award next year. Eugene Spafford has been named the recipient of the International Federation of Information Processing Societies’ Kristian Beckman Award, which is given to those "who significantly contribute to the development of information security."
The university says Spafford was named the winner of the 2017 award in part because of his leadership at the Purdue Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, which he co-founded in 1998. He is also being recognized for his achievements in research and education, including mentorship and student guidance.
"IFIP is a significant force in research and education in cybersecurity," said Spafford. "Many of the previous recipients of this honor have been mentors and heroes of mine."
Spafford will receive the award in May at the IFIP’s international conference in Rome, Italy.