Sarah Gordon

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For the fictional character, see Sarah Gordon (One Life to Live). For the DC Comics character, see Sarah Essen Gordon.

Sarah Gordon is a computer security researcher, responsible for early scientific and academic work on virus writers, hackers, and social issues in computing [1][2][3][4][5][6][7] She was among the first computer scientists to propose a multidisciplinary approach to computer security. Known primarily for work relating to people and computers, the bulk of her original technical work was published or presented between the late 1980s and mid-1990s.

Two of the first "concept viruses" for Microsoft products were discovered by Gordon, refuting the common belief that it was impossible to contract a virus via email. She also wrote the first report on Linux viruses in the wild.[8] She is known for inventing the term "vX" to refer to Virus Exchange.[9] Gordon has always been fascinated with linguistics, and has introduced several other terms into the computer lexicon, including "trigger foot" and "meaningfulness".[10]

Dr. Gordon was appointed to the computer science graduate faculty of the Florida Institute of Technology [11] in 2004. Although she has worked for several computer security companies, including Dr. Solomon's Software, Command Software, IBM Research, and Symantec Corporation, her work has continued to be primarily academic. Sarah Gordon is an alumnus of Indiana University South Bend, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997. She has a master's degree in Human Behaviour and Professional Counseling, and a Ph.D in Computer Science.

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  1. ^ IFIP Technical Committee 11. 1994. Technologically Enabled Crime: Shifting Paradigms for the Year 2000. Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
  2. ^ Stucker, H. 1997. Wired. Among the Virus Thugs
  3. ^ Jackson, 1999. Profiler Analyst. Government Computer News
  4. ^ Hattori, J. 2001 CNN. Hacking into the minds of virus writers
  5. ^ USA Today. 2002. Tech
  6. ^ Savage, M. 2001. Delving into the online underworld
  7. ^ Slade, R. 2003. Collecting Evidence from the Scene of a Digital Crime. p. 23. McGraw Hill
  8. ^ Gordon, S. 1998. The Worm Has Turned. Virus Bulletin. August issue. pp10-12.
  9. ^ Risks Digest, Volume 16: Issue 91 Tuesday 14 March 1995 citing Slade, R. Viral Morality; Gordon, S. 1993. Virus Exchange BBS: A Legal Crime? Legal, Ethical and Technical Aspects of Computer and Network Use and Abuse. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Irvine, California
  10. ^ Santa Fe Institute Keynote, Examination of Cybercentric Role Models in Film and Media, 2007
  11. ^ Florida Institute of Technology Department of Computer Science