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New National Cyber Security Hall of Fame names first 11 inductees

The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame on Sept. 17 released the names of 11 pioneers who will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Oct. 17 at a gala banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore.

In announcing the inductees, Mike Jacobs, the chairman of the Hall of Fame and the first Information Assurance Director for the National Security Agency (NSA), said, “Working in areas of technology, public policy, business, education and public awareness, the honorees represent the innovators and visionaries who defined an industry and established the standards in information assurance. These pioneers paved the way for people everywhere to have the ability to securely utilize digital technologies for work, banking, recreation and communication.”

Of the more than 200 nominations received, the board of advisors named 11 inductees to the 2012 Hall of Fame:

Dorothy Denning, Professor, Department of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School;

Carl Landwehr, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine;

Peter Neumann, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, SRI International;

Roger Schell, President, ÆSec;

Whitfield Diffie, Martin Hellman and Ralph Merkle, Inventors, Public Key Cryptograph;

Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adelman, Inventors, RSA Algorithm;

F. Lynn McNulty, a federal information systems security pioneer was named to the 2012 class posthumously.

Nominations were made by qualified organizations engaged in cyber security and were ranked and reviewed by the board using established criteria in five categories: Technology; Policy;

Public Awareness; Education; and Business. This inaugural class is composed of those individuals who collectively invented the technologies, created awareness, promoted and delivered

education, developed and influenced policy and created businesses to begin addressing the cyber security problem. 

Biographies for the 11 inductees can be found at

General Keith Alexander, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency and Chief, Central Security Service, will be the featured speaker at the banquet and

induction ceremony.

Tickets are $250 and are available at

The nonprofit National Cyber Security Hall of Fame was established to honor the individuals and organizations with the vision and leadership to create the foundational building blocks for the cyber security industry. 

In addition to Jacobs, the board of advisors includes Richard Clarke (counter terrorism expert); John Grimes (former Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense); Karl Gumtow (CEO & Founder of Cyberpoint International); Susan Landau (visiting scholar at Harvard University); Francis Landolf (former Senior Executive, NSA), Robert Lentz (former Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Defense); Douglas Maughan (Division Director, DHS); William Newhouse (cyber security advisor to NIST); Robert Rodriguez (founder and CEO of SINET); Richard Schaeffer, (former Information Assurance Director, NSA); Corey Schou (Professor of Informatics at Idaho State University), Gene Spafford, (Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University); and Steve Walker (President, Steve Walker & Associates).



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