Biography of Alec Yasinsac

Alec Yasinsac is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Florida State University. He joined the FSU faculty in August 1999 after a twenty year career in the United States Marines as a Data Systems and Communications Officer. He has operational experience in software development, information systems management, network engineering, and information security, having spent active duty tours in Japan, Korea, North Carolina, California, and Virginia.

Alec received his doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, where his thesis advisor and mentor was Bill Wulf. His major research interests are network and wireless security, electronic voting security, secure software, cryptography, intrusion detection, computing forensics, and security protocols. He has published over fifty refereed conference, symposium, and journal papers since joining FSU. He is presently funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, the Army Research Office, the Florida Department of State, and several industrial partners. He has directed two doctoral theses, fifteen master's theses, and three undergraduate student theses. He has taught nearly a hundred college courses in mathematics, computer science, and information security.

Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Alec attended Appalachian State University for his undergraduate education, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He then earned a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School while on active duty in the Marines.

Security protocol verification is the foundation of Alec's research interests. He has published papers on formal methods, cryptographic authentication, group encryption, secure routing protocols, wireless security, intrusion detection, digital forensics, and on a variety of computing education topics. He is a member of several Program Committees including the 2008 ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security, The 3rd International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, The Second International Conference on Information Systems Security, IEEE Information Assurance Workshop, the IRMA International Conferences, Eighth International Conference on Information and Communications Security, and the International Performance Computing and Communications Conference, and he is the program committee chair for the Systematic Approach to Digital Forensic Engineering Workshop 2008.

Alec a senior member of IEEE, a member of ACM, U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM, and the IEEE Computer Society.

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