Donn B. Parker

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Donn B. Parker
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Scientific career
InstitutionsGeneral Dynamics
Control Data Corporation
SRI International

Donn B. Parker is an information security researcher and consultant and a 2001 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[1] Parker has over 50 years of experience in the computer field in computer programming, computer systems management, consulting, teaching, and research.

Early life and education[edit]

Parker earned BA (1952) and MA (1954) degrees in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.[citation needed]


Parker was a senior research engineer and systems manager for General Dynamics for eight years and Control Data Corporation for eight years. He then spent 30 years at SRI International working in information and computer security.[citation needed] He retired in 1997.[2]

In 2002, Parker proposed the Parkerian Hexad, six atomic and orthogonal elements of information security that extend the traditional model of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (the CIA triad).

He is currently[when?] a retired emeritus senior consultant engaged in writing and lecturing, and his collected papers are archived at the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota.[3]


Parker has lectured at conferences, seminars, and universities worldwide. He was the subject writer on computer crime for the Encyclopædia Britannica, Groliers Encyclopedia, Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of Computer Science. Parker has lectured for the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Churchill Club of Silicon Valley, many universities, and the World Organization of Detectives.


Parker became active in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 1954. He was elected Secretary of the ACM from 1966 to 1970 while serving on the ACM Council from 1964 to 1974 and was chairman of the professional standards and practices committee for several years. In addition, he is a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He was the consulting editor and columnist for the Journal of Information Systems Security (Auerbach) from 1994 to 1997.

Parker has been involved with many other organizations. He is a grantee of the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Justice, and is the founder in 1986 (while at SRI International) of the International Information Integrity Institute (I-4) an ongoing confidential service to large, international corporations and governments now owned and operated by KPMG-UK.


In 1992, Parker received the Information Systems Security Association's Individual Achievement Award. In 1994, U.S. NIST/NSA awarded him the 1994 National Computer System Security Award and the Aerospace Computer Security Associates named him their Distinguished Lecturer. In 1996, he received MIS Infosecurity News' Lifetime Achievement Award.[2]

In 1998, the Information Security Magazine profiled him as one of the top five “Infosecurity Pioneers,”[2] and he was named to the Information Systems Security Association's Hall of Fame in 2000.[citation needed] In 2003, he received (ISC)²'s Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award.[citation needed] In 2001 he was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery “[f]or contributions to information security and professional ethics.”[1]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Crime by Computer (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1976)[4]
  • Ethical Conflicts in Computer Science and Technology (AFIPS Press, 1979)[4]
  • Fighting Computer Crime (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1983) [4]
  • Computer Security Management (Reston Publishing, 1983)[4]
  • Ethical Conflicts in Information and Computer Science, Technology, and Business (QED Information Sciences, 1990)[4]
  • Computer Security Reference Book (Butterworth, 1993)[4]
  • Fighting Computer Crime, a New Framework for Protecting Information (John Wiley & Son, 1998)[4]

Major reports[edit]

  • Computer Abuse (SRI International, 1971)
  • Criminal Justice Resource Manuals on Computer Crime published by the US Department of Justice
  • Computer Security Techniques (US Government Printing Office, 1980 and 1989)


  1. ^ a b "Donn B Parker". ACM Awards. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Donn Parker". Computer Security Handbook. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  3. ^ "Donn B. Parker Papers (CBI 166)". University of Minnesota. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g

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