Fred Cohen

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Frederick B. Cohen (* 1957 ) is an American , leading international researcher in the field of Internet security. He introduced the term computer virus in 1984 .

Scientific training

Fred Cohen graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1977 with a B. Sc. in electrical engineering and a 1980 masters degree in information science from the University of Pittsburgh . In 1986 he received a Ph.D. (PhD) in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California with Leonard Adleman .


Cohen has been a Research Professor and Professor of Digital Forensics Investigation at the University of New Haven at West Haven since 2002 . Since 1986 he heads today as Fred Cohen & Associates firmierende IT security advisory boutique. Prior to that, he held a variety of research and administrative management positions, including at Sandia National Laboratories and the Burton Group .

In 1998 he published an Internet Game for Information Security Policy Development to train behavior in cases of network security breaches . Likewise with an approach of playful learning, he designed his “Sexual Harassment Game” training software, which practices how to deal with reported cases of criminally relevant sexual harassment at work in the USA.

Public effect

In his 1984 doctoral thesis entitled Computer Viruses Theory and Experiments , Cohen wrote the following sentence: "A computer virus is a program that can infect other programs by modifying them to include a possibly evolved version of itself." (German: "A computer virus is a program that can infect others by changing them in order to insert a possibly further developed version of itself").

The "Deception Toolkit (DTK)" known today in the UNIX / Linux world also comes from Cohen's pen.

Fred Cohen has published over 150 scientific journal articles to date.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Der Spiegel, 47/1984: Hidden command
  2. ^ Fred Cohen Associates: Biographical Information on Fred Cohen