Alan Paller, Trustee of ICANN Board of Directors, dies at 76

Alan Paller, a professor emeritus of Secure Computing at the University of Virginia and member of the ICANN Board of Directors, died on Monday (Feb. 12). He was 76.

An icon in the cybersecurity field, Paller was widely regarded as an independent voice on the ICANN Board. He has long been credited with helping ensure the important oversight role played by the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) should be effective, not corrupted.

In 2012, Paller co-chaired the U.S. Government Committee on Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (USG-IANA) that replaced the Clinton-era USNAs.

Paller was also a prolific author, a vocal critic of malware, and a key organizer of the Open Gov Forum. The forum, held in conjunction with the RSA Conference, was a major showcase for security and the concept of open government.

Paller was also known for his expertise on physics, mathematics, robotics, engineering, computer science, and data security. He was a former professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and was an advisor to NASA, the Carnegie Institution, and several private companies. He has authored or co-authored numerous technical journals. He also taught and coordinated research at Berkeley’s Computational Security Research Group for nearly two decades.

Paller is survived by his wife, Vera Zarfas.

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