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Willis Ware

Willis Ware (August 31, 1920 - November 22, 2013) was a leader in the field of computer security from the 1960s until his death in 2013. Ware received an MS in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1942, followed by a Ph.D., also in electrical engineering, from Princeton University in 1951. While at Princeton, Ware worked at the Institute for Advanced Study with John von Neumann and others on some of the first digital computers. Ware took a job at the RAND Corporation in 1952 as a computer scientist, and worked there full-time until 1992 when he formally retired. He continued, however, to work for RAND part-time as an emeritus staff member until his death. In 1961 Ware became the first president of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (or AFIPS), an umbrella organization for professional societies in information sciences.(1)(2)

Much of Ware's most significant work dealt with the establishment of computer security standards. Ware guided the production of the "Security Controls for Computer Systems?," the so-called Ware Paper?, Rand Report R609-1, which was published in February of 1970 as the product of a task force organized by the Advanced Research Projects Agency in 1967. The report was confidential and focused on computer security in the Department of Defense, but as a result of his involvement in the project, in 1972 Ware was appointed chair of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's Special Advisory Committee on Automated Personal Data Systems. Ware and the committee developed a 1973 report that strongly influenced the Privacy Act of 1974.(3)

Ware received numerous awards for his work, including the US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 1979, the IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984, the National Computer System Security Award in 1989, and the IEEE Computer Pioneer Award in 1993.(4)

Obituaries for Willis Ware are available at CERIAS and the New York Times.

CBI Oral History Interview OH 356, Conducted on August 11, 2003.

  • Willis Ware 1966:


1 , 3 : http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/107703

2 , 4 : http://www.rand.org/pubs/reprints/RP1431.html

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