Alan Paller

CIS Board Member

Alan Paller is a member of the CIS Board of Directors. He is the Founder and Research Director of the SANS Institute, a graduate-degree granting college and security training and research institution with more than 170,000 alumni in 70 countries.  In 2021, Alan launched the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation to identify outstanding cybersecurity talent among students in the United States and to develop that talent.

At SANS, he managed the Internet Storm Center, an early-warning system for the internet; NewsBites, the semiweekly security news summaries that are distributed to 210,000 people; and @RISK, the authoritative summary of all critical new vulnerabilities discovered each week and the identification of the most damaging new attacks being discovered each year.

Paller also leads a global security innovation program that identifies people and practices that have made a measurable difference in cyber risk reduction, and illuminates those innovations so that other security practitioners can take full advantage of them to improve security in their enterprises.

He has testified before both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. In 2000, then-President Bill Clinton recognized Paller’s leadership by naming him as one of the initial members of the President’s National Infrastructure Assurance Council. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the Federal CIO Council named Paller as their 2005 Azimuth Award winner, a singular lifetime-achievement award recognizing outstanding service of a nongovernmental person to improving federal information technology.  In May 2010, The Washington Post named Paller as one of seven people “worth knowing, or knowing about” in cybersecurity.