Alan Paller, who helped build the Cyber Threat Alliance, the group that coined the term “cybersecurity threat,” died Tuesday at a hospice, where he was receiving care. The cause was respiratory failure and pneumonia, according to a friend. He was 76.
Paller served as executive director of the alliance from 1992 to 1999, helping to launch its byproduct: the World Economic Forum’s annual cybersecurity summit in January. Paller retired from the World Economic Forum in 2007 and joined Symantec in 2011, serving as senior vice president for information security.
Over the course of his career, Paller spoke often about the obstacles that cybersecurity companies face as they seek to generate profits and help secure their customers’ data.
“Everyone I know here at the World Economic Forum really wants to help,” Paller told the Washington Post in 2007, after discussing the organization’s first cybersecurity summit. “But a lot of times they don’t know how to.”