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Gligor Wins National Information Systems Security Award

Gligor Wins National Information Systems Security Award

Virgil Gligor
Virgil Gligor

ECE Professor Virgil Gligor, one of the country's pioneering figures in computer security, is the winner of the 2006 National Information Systems Security Award. The award, generally considered to be the most prestigious in the field of information security, will be presented by the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in a ceremony at the 26th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference in Tucson, Arizona on Dec. 6, 2005.

The National Information Systems Security Award recognizes individuals for scientific or technological breakthroughs, outstanding leadership, highly distinguished authorship, or significant long-term research related to computer security solutions. Gligor will receive the award for his outstanding contributions to advance computer security technology.

Gligor, who has been with the University of Maryland since 1976, has been a leader in computer security research and education for 30 years in a broad range of areas, including access control mechanisms, penetration analysis, denial-of-service protection, cryptographic protocols, and applied cryptography.

Past winners of the award include: Dr. David Clark, MIT, Chief Internet Architecture Board; Dr. Dorothy Denning, Professor, Georgetown University; Dr. Whitfield Diffie, VP and Fellow, Sun Microsystems, co-inventor of public key cryptography; Dr. Butler Lampson, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Corporation and Professor, MIT, Turing Award Winner; Dr. Peter Neumann, Senior Research Scientist, SRI International, and former Professor at Berkeley; Dr. Ronald Rivest, Professor, MIT, Turing Award Winner; and Dr. Eugene Spafford, Professor, Purdue University.

For more information on past award winners and the computer security applications conference, visit:

October 17, 2005

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