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Executive Profile: Charles C. Palmer of IBM

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Charles C. Palmer

Charles C. Palmer is the chief technology officer for security and privacy for IBM Research, and associate director of computer science at Watson. In these roles, he is responsible for initiatives and technical directions in the security and privacy areas across IBM Research.

Palmer is also senior technical adviser to the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, which is managed by Dartmouth College. He is also an adjunct professor at Dartmouth College where he teaches CS38 Security and privacy.

Prior to Dartmouth College, Palmer led the security and privacy departments at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center for several years. He continues to work with those teams and the teams at IBM’s worldwide labs as well as with IBM’s Software Group, Server Group and Global Services organizations. One of those teams is the Global Security Analysis Lab — also known as the “ethical hackers” — which he founded in 1995.

Palmer frequently speaks on the topics of computer and network security at conferences around the world. He holds several U.S. and European patents and has several publications from his work at IBM and Polytechnic University.

Palmer is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Board where he chairs the emerging technology and applications subcommittee. He is also a member of the editorial boards for the IEEE Computer Society’s Security & Privacy Magazine and the upcoming International Journal of Information and Computer Security. He was also an adjunct professor of computer science at Polytechnic University from 1993 to 1997. He was named a distinguished engineer of the ACM in 2006, and is also a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society. In 2009, he was named a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

He has a doctorate degree in computer science from Polytechnic University, a master’s degree in computer science from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Oklahoma State University.

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