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Virgil D. Gligor

2013 Technical Achievement Award Recipient
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Virgil D. Gligor



"For pioneering work and leadership in the
area of computer and network security"



Virgil D. Gligor is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and co-Director of the University's CyLab, one of the world's premier university-based information security and privacy research centers.

Professor Gligor received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.  Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, he taught at the University of Maryland (1976 – 2007). Gligor was a Visiting Professor at University of Cambridge (1999), ETH Zurich (2005), EPF Lausanne (2006), and a Research Professor at Singapore Management University and University of Maryland (2008-2011). He was a consultant to the Burroughs (1977-1981) and IBM (1984-1999) Corporations, and has served on Microsoft's Trusted Computing Academic Advisory Board (since 2002), SAP's Security Advisory Board (since 2011), and Queen's University Belfast CSIT Advisory Board (since 2012).

For nearly four decades, Professor Gligor's research interests have ranged from access control mechanisms, penetration analysis, and denial-of-service protection to cryptographic protocols and applied cryptography.  His current research addresses problems of trustworthy computing in the presence of an active adversary (e.g., malware, malicious insiders) and next generation secure Internet.

Gligor served the profession as the chair or co-chair of many conferences and symposia, including the ACM Computer and Communication Security Conference, IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium, the Internet Society's Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium, the IEEE Dependable Computing for Critical Applications, and IEEE-ACM Symposium on Reliability in Distributed Software and Databases. Gligor was an editorial board member of several IEEE and ACM journals, and the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

In 2006 Professor Gligor received the National Information Security Award granted by the National Security Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US, and in 2011 the ACM Outstanding Innovation Award for security and privacy research.