Dan Farmer

IRL Name: 
Dan Farmer

Dan Farmer was born on April 5, 1962 and a renowned American computer security researcher. He wrote COPS (Computer Oracle and Password System) for identifying security issues on Unix systems under Gene Spafford. He was in charge of the technical aspects of computer and network security for Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems.


Co-authored with Wietse Venema the security tool SATAN (Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks), the Coroner's Toolkit, and the book"Forensic Discovery".

The release of SATAN led Silicon Graphics to fire Dan Farmer because the tool was controversial and some security administrators and law enforcement personnel believed that hackers would use it to identify and break into private networks.

Dan Farmer was the CTO of Elemental Security, a company he co-founded with Dayne Myers.