Simson L. Garfinkel has been researching and writing about computer security since the late 1980s. His book Practical UNIX and Internet Security (co-authored with Gene Spafford and Alan Schwartz), has sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages since the first edition was published in 1991. He holds seven US patents and has published dozens of research articles in computer security and digital forensics. He is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Senior Member, as a member of the National Association of Science Writers. Garfinkel is the author or co-author of fourteen books on computing. His book Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century (O’Reilly, 2000) discussed the impact of technology on privacy in the 20th and 21st centuries. As an entrepreneur, Garfinkel founded five companies between 1989 and 2000, including Vineyard.NET, which provided Internet service on Martha’s Vineyard to more than a thousand customers from 1995 through 2005, and Sandstorm Enterprises, an early developer of digital forensic tools.
S.B., Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
S.B., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
S.B., Science, Technology & Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
M.S., Journalism, Columbia University School of Journalism
Ph.D., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.