Alan Paller

Director of research at cyber training school SANS Institute

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Photograph by Guido Vitti for Bloomberg BusinessweekAlan Paller is founder and research director of the SANS Institute, a graduate college and security training and research institution with more than 135,000 alumni in 72 countries. At SANS, he oversees the Internet Storm Center (an early warning system for the Internet), NewsBites (the semiweekly security news summary that reaches 210,000 people), and the annual publication of the “Seven Most Dangerous New Attack Vectors” being discovered each year. Paller leads a global security innovation program that identifies people and practices that have made a measurable difference in cyber risk reduction. He is also one of the founders of the U.S. Cyber Challenge.

Paller has testified multiple times before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. In 2000, President Bill Clinton recognized Paller’s leadership by naming him as one of the initial members of the National Infrastructure Assurance Council. Under President George W. Bush, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the Federal CIO Council named Paller their 2005 winner of the Azimuth Award, a lifetime achievement honor recognizing outstanding service of a nongovernment person in improving federal information technology. In May 2010, the Washington Post named him one of seven people “worth knowing, or knowing about” in cyber security. On June 6, 2012, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano named Paller co-chair of a national task force on cyber skills.

Earlier in his career, Paller helped build a software company, took it public, and merged it into a larger company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He holds degrees from Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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