News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Opinion

July 19, 2008

At least one guy at Purdue security summit was paying attention

TERRE HAUTE — Purdue computer science professor Eugene Spafford had the best line about media coverage of Barack Obama’s extensive national security seminar in West Lafayette last week:

“Good thing Angelina Jolie gave birth earlier in the week or the summit wouldn’t have even made the press.”

“Spaf,” as he is known by his students, colleagues, associates and fellow experts in international cyber security, is always good for a humorous, big-picture observation that lasers in on the truth.

As director of Purdue’s CERIAS program — the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security — he has served on numerous national research teams, testified before Congress and advised presidents. His name is synonymous around the world with cyber security.

Who better to summon to the invitation-only Obama security summit at Purdue. Ah, but no one thought to invite Spaf until the night before.

“The press was told that Purdue was chosen because of the leading role our researchers have in various areas of public safety and national security — including the leading program in cyber security …” Spaf wrote on his long blog entry about the summit (http://snipurl.com/obpugs). “I found it rather ironic that security would be given as the reason … and yet those of us most involved with those security centers had not been told about the summit or given invitations.”

A few e-mails about this irony apparently woke up the proper people. Tuesday night Spaf was invited to join about 500 other folks the next day in the Purdue Memorial Union to listen to panel discussions on three big security threats — nuclear weapons, bioterrorism and cyber manipulation.

His richly informed reactions to the first two panels are useful reading. For example, a financial element mentioned during the nuclear panel particularly caught Spaf’s attention:

“[T]he one figure that stood out was that we could fully fund the [Sam] Nunn-[Richard] Lugar initiative and some other plans to secure loose nuclear materials by spending the equivalent of 1 month of what we now spend in Iraq over the next 4 years around the world … One other number given is that currently less than 1/4 of 1% of the defense budget is spent on containing nuclear materials, despite it being a declared priority of President Bush …”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk
NDN Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity