SOURCE: Tripwire, Inc.

March 26, 2007 08:05 ET

Tripwire CTO Gene Kim Honored by Purdue University; Awarded Outstanding Alumnus in Computer Sciences

PORTLAND, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 26, 2007 --Tripwire®, the recognized leader in configuration audit and control solutions, today announced that its CTO and co-founder, Gene Kim, has been named a 2007 Outstanding Alumnus by the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University. This annual award recognizes alumni who are proven leaders in their field and have demonstrated their commitment to furthering the development of technology.

"Dr. Gene Spafford and the other faculty members at Purdue University created an environment that fostered scientific curiosity and solving real world problems. Spafford made a deep impression on me, strictly following a scientific approach and pursuing excellence while having no trepidation about questioning conventional wisdom," said Kim. "I hope I am following faithfully in his footsteps, as it has led to my collaboration with some of the best practitioners in the industry to create an empirically-based decision science for IT, uniting security, operations and audit in a joint effort to satisfy business needs and achieve operational excellence."

The Outstanding Alumnus Award in Computer Sciences was established to recognize valuable contributions and outstanding performance by Purdue alumni in terms of achievements, leadership in the profession, and service and support to the university. The Department of Computer Sciences will recognize Gene as its guest of honour during the University's annual awards banquet, held on March 30, 2007 at the Purdue Memorial Union.

"As a student, Gene was always trying to learn as much as he could," said Professor Gene Spafford, PhD, Purdue University. "He would continually undertake extra projects and sign up for course overloads and it is no surprise that he has gone on to achieve so much in his career to date in so many different ways. I am sure there is much more yet to come!"

In 1992, Dr. Eugene Spafford and Gene Kim created the initial release of Tripwire software at Purdue University. Since then, more than one million copies of Tripwire have been downloaded and over 250,000 are in active use. Gene is widely published on IT security, operations and audit and often writes on topics related to best practices such as ITIL. He is co-founder of Tripwire, Inc. and a co-founder of the IT Process Institute, dedicated to research, benchmarking and developing prescriptive guidance for IT operations and security management and auditors. Gene co-authored the "Visible Ops Handbook," a methodology for IT process improvement that has sold over 75,000 copies, and works closely with the Software Engineering Institute and Institute of Internal Auditors to solve problems facing IT management. Gene currently serves on the Technology Committee at the Institute of Internal Auditors, and was a part of the IIA GAIT task force that developed and published the four GAIT Principles in January 2007, designed to help management appropriately scope the IT portions of SOX-404.

About Tripwire, Inc.

Tripwire, Inc. is the recognized leader of configuration audit and control solutions, serving over 5,500 enterprises worldwide. Tripwire enables IT to control risk and increase operational efficiency through its advanced configuration audit and control solutions that detect and analyze all configuration events across the IT infrastructure. Global enterprises rely on Tripwire to strengthen their compliance and security, reduce unplanned work, increase availability, and accelerate success with CMDB initiatives. Tripwire is headquartered in Portland, Ore. with offices in the UK and Japan. For more information visit:

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