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Steven M. Bellovin

Steven M. Bellovin
Bellovin at the 1984 Summer Usenix Conference in Salt Lake City (in a hat, standing in front of Dennis Ritchie).
Born Brooklyn, New York
Nationality USA
Education - Columbia University (BA)
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MS and PhD in Computer Science)
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Computer Scientist, professor
Known for USENET; computer security; firewalls; cryptography

Steven M. Bellovin is a researcher on computer networking and security. He is currently a Professor in the Computer Science department at Columbia University,[1] having previously been a Fellow at AT&T Labs Research in Florham Park, New Jersey.[2][3]

In September 2012, Bellovin was appointed Chief Technologist for the United States Federal Trade Commission, replacing Edward W. Felten, who returned to Princeton University.[4]


  • Career 1
  • Selected publications 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


He received a BA degree from Columbia University, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As a graduate student, Bellovin was one of the originators of USENET. He later suggested that Gene Spafford should create the Phage mailing list as a response to the Morris Worm.

He and Michael Merritt invented the Encrypted key exchange password-authenticated key agreement methods.

Bellovin has been active in the IETF. He was a member of the Internet Architecture Board from 1996–2002. Bellovin later was Security Area co-director, and a member of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) from 2002–2004. He identified some key security weaknesses in the Domain Name System; this and other weaknesses eventually led to the development of DNSSEC.

He received 2007 National Computer Systems Security Award by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA).[5] In 2001, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to network and security.[6]

He was responsible for the discovery that one-time pads were invented in 1882, not 1917, as previously believed.[7]

Bellovin is an active NetBSD user and a NetBSD developer focusing on architectural, operational, and security issues.

Selected publications

Bellovin is the author and co-author of several books, RFCs and technical papers, including:

  • Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker ISBN 0-201-63357-4 (with W. Cheswick) - one of the first books on internet security.
  • RFC 1579 Firewall-Friendly FTP
  • RFC 1675 Security Concerns for IPng
  • RFC 1681 On Many Addresses per Host
  • RFC 1948 Defending Against Sequence Number Attacks
  • RFC 3514 The Security Flag in the IPv4 Header (April Fools' Day RFC)
  • RFC 3554 On the Use of Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) with IPsec (with J. Ioannidis, A. Keromytis, R. Stewart.)
  • RFC 3631 Security Mechanisms for the Internet (with J. Schiller, Ed., C. Kaufman)
  • RFC 4107 Guidelines for Cryptographic Key Management (with R. Housley)

See also


  1. ^ Steve Bellovin's home page
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ "FTC Announces Appointments to Agency Leadership Positions", FTC press release, August 3, 2012
  5. ^ NIST/NSA National Computer Systems Security Award 2007
  6. ^
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External links

  • Wily hacker web page
  • "Steven M. Bellovin", DBLP Bibliography
  • ATT"Steven M. Bellovin Publications",
  • ACLU"Amnesty v. McConnell - Declaration of Steven M. Bellovin",
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