Cyber Security Hall of Fame The hall of fame recognizes the history and contributions of pioneers, innovators and educators who influenced the industry.

Vint Cerf (Class of 2014)

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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.

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)


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)Clarke

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)Diffie

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)


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.

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