Gary E. McGraw


School of Informatics Career Achievement Award (2013)
M.S. 1990, Ph.D. 1995


Gary McGraw has parlayed his knowledge of philosophy, computer science, and cognitive science into a mastery of software security. After Gary received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at University of Virginia, he came to IU to study computer science (MS'90) and complete his Ph.D. in computer science and cognitive science in 1995.

Following research stints at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and the Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Technologica in Trento, Italy, Gary joined Cigital, Inc., the world's largest software security firm. As chief technology officer for Cigital, Gary counsels professionals in a variety of industries about software security. He also writes extensively on the topic of security, including six best sellers – such as Building Secure Software, with John Viega – and edits the AddisonWesley Software Security series. He is in international demand as a speaker at conferences and hosts a monthly podcast, the Silver Bullet, for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Security and Privacy Magazine.

He has served in advisory capacities to numerous companies and academic institutions, including the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors in Washington, DC, Fortify Software in Menlo Park, CA, and, since 2005, the Dean's Advisory Council for the School of Informatics. Cigital, headquartered in the Washington, DC area, has offices in Europe, Asia, and Bloomington, IN.