Cybersecurity hall of fame names inductees

Five new inductees join past recipients such as Vint Cerf and Phillip Zimmerman.

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The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame has announced its recent class of inductees. In noting them we also highlight some of the past winners. The hall of fame recognizes the history and contributions of pioneers, innovators and educators who influenced the industry. The inductees are chosen by a board of advisers. Pictured from left to right are: Susan Landau, Steven Lipner, Cynthia Irvine, Ron Ross, and Jerry Saltzer is in front.

This year’s inductees are Steven Lipner, Partner Director of Software Security in Trustworthy Computing Security at Microsoft and serves as a board member and chair of SAFECode. Susan Landau is a Professor of Cybersecurity Policy in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Landau has been a senior staff Privacy Analyst at Google, a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. Jerry Saltzer has played an influential role as a faculty member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Cynthia E. Irvine is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School. Her research has focused on developmental security as applied to the creation of trustworthy systems, and more recently, on cyber operations. Ron Ross is considered the "Father" of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) security standards and recognized as one of the world's leading experts on cyber security.

Vint Cerf (Class of 2014)
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Vint Cerf (Class of 2014)

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.

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Philip R. Zimmermann (Class of 2014)

Philip R. Zimmermann is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), the most widely used email encryption software in the world. He is also known for his work in VoIP encryption protocols, notably ZRTP and Zfone.

Steven M. Bellovin (Class of 2014)
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Steven M. Bellovin (Class of 2014)

Steven M. Bellovin is a professor of computer science at Columbia University, where he does research on networks, security, as well as related public policy issues. Bellovin is the co-author of Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker, and holds a number of patents on cryptographic and network protocols.

Richard Clarke (Class of 2014)
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Richard Clarke (Class of 2014)

Richard Alan Clarke is the former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the United States. Under President George W. Bush, he served as the Special Adviser to the President on cyber security. He developed and found sponsorship for legislation which created the Cyber Corps and lead the development of the first National Plan for Cyber Security.

Whitfield Diffie (Class of 2013)
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Whitfield Diffie (Class of 2013)

Diffie and fellow inductee Martin Hellman worked together throughout 1975 and were joined by Ralph Merkle in 1976. The results of their work appeared in Diffie and Hellman's paper, New Directions in Cryptography, in November 1976. The insights in this paper underpin secure transactions on the Internet, enabling e-commerce and a host of other interactions in which secure electronic communications are required.

Ronald Rivest (Class of 2013)
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Ronald Rivest (Class of 2013)

He is the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Computer Science at MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

Rivest is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the International Association for Cryptologic Research, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.