UMass Amherst Computer Scientist Kevin Fu Appointed to Federal Information Privacy and Security Advisory Board

AMHERST, Mass. - Kevin Fu, associate professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) - an advisory committee that brings together senior professionals from industry, government, and academia to help advise senior federal officials on matters of privacy and security.

Members of the board are known for their past involvement on issues of export control, standardization of cryptographic ciphers, government key escrow and numerous policy issues for security and privacy.

"I look forward to serving on the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board," says Fu. "One of my roles will pertain to security and privacy issues that affect health information technology and medical devices."

ISPAB advises and reports its findings about information security and privacy issues pertaining to unclassified federal government information systems to NIST, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the secretary of commerce and appropriate congressional committees.

ISPAB was originally created by the Computer Security Act of 1987 as the Computer System Security and Privacy Advisory Board. Past members of the board include Susan Landau of the department of computer science at Harvard University, Howard Schmidt, now the White House cyber security chief, Fred Schneider of the department of computer science at Cornell University, and Ari Schwartz, now in the office of the secretary at the Department of Commerce.

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