Dr. Spafford's current research interests are focused on issues of computer and network security, cybercrime and ethics, technology policy, and social impact of computing. He is the founder and executive director emeritus of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University (Purdue). The university-wide institute draws on expertise and research across many of the academic disciplines at Purdue.
In 2012, Spaf was named as one of Purdue's first Morrill Award winners for outstanding career achievements; the Morrill Award is Purdue's highest award for faculty. In 2016, he was awarded Indiana's highest civilian honor, being named as a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Professor Spafford has also been honored for his teaching, including receiving all three of Purdue's highest honors for education: the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy, made a Fellow of the Purdue Teaching Academy, and listed in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. In 2001, he was awarded the Founder's Awardby the CISSE, and in 2003, he received the IEEE Computer Society's Taylor L. Booth medal for his accomplishments in infosec education. In 2009 he was awarded UPE's ABACUS award for contributions to excellence in education.
Among many professional activities, Dr. Spafford is a past chair of ACM's U.S. Public Policy Council, is chair of ACM's Plagiarism and Ethics in Publications Committee, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Computers & Security.
BA, State University of New York at Brockport, Mathematics and Computer Science (1979)
MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, Information and Computer Science (1981)
PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, Information and Computer Science (1986)
DSc (honorary), State University of NY (SUNY), (2005)