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In early January, Charles C. Palmer, Chief Technology Officer of Security and Privacy at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, was named Director of Research for Dartmouth's I3P (the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection).
"Charles brings to Dartmouth and the I3P a balanced perspective on cyber security issues that will benefit the coordination and impact of the I3P's work. Charles is also deeply interested in education and will be a wonderful asset to Dartmouth students. I very much look forward to working with him." said Martin Wybourne, vice provost for research at Dartmouth and chair of the I3P.
Palmer will work closely with Wybourne and I3P member institutions to raise awareness of cyber security issues among decision makers and industry leaders and to draw national attention to the consortium's accomplishments. Eventually, he will help develop new avenues of research and also coordinate the activities of the I3P with other national efforts.
"The I3P is a diverse, talented resource in the critical realm of cyber security," says Palmer. "With members drawn from universities, non-profit research organizations, and U.S. national laboratories, the institute brings an unparalleled perspective to cyber security. I can't think of a better collection of people to work with on such complex, pressing issues."
An internationally recognized expert in the areas of cyber security and privacy-related technology, Palmer brings impressive technical skills to the I3P. For the past six years, he has managed the security, networking, and privacy departments at IBM Research and coordinated the company's security efforts worldwide. Palmer is also a sought-after public speaker who lectures frequently on network security around the world.
"One of my passions," he says "is education. Dartmouth, with its reputation for incredible teaching and for hiring faculty and staff who really care about students, is a great place to be."
The new director is also passionate about respecting privacy concerns while working to improve cyber security. "In the rush toward improving security," he says, "we have to be careful to respect the privacy of individuals. Maintaining a reasonable balance between security and privacy is not only possible but necessary."
When asked what else drew him to the I3P, he adds, "I was impressed by the quality of the research and by the group's commitment to problem solving. The researchers not only have a sense of real-world issues, which I admire, but they bring a multi-disciplinary approach to their work. As a result, they have a raft of impressive security tools and best practices under development.
Active in the broader cyber community, Palmer is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Security and Privacy Magazine editorial board and also serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Board. He has a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University, a master's degree in computer science from Tulane University and a Ph.D. from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York.
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