SIGSAC Annual Report
July 2000 - June 2001
Submitted by: Ravi Sandhu Chair
SIGSAC's mission is to develop the information security profession by
sponsoring high quality research conferences and workshops. SIGSAC
sponsored conferences are recognized as the world's leading security
conferences. This annual report outlines accomplishments of the past
year and future plans.
1. SIGSAC CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
SIGSAC's oldest conference is the ACM Conference on Computer and
Communications Security (CCS). The conference was initiated in 1993.
Since then it has been held twice in Fairfax (1993, 1994), and once
each in New Delhi, India (1996), Zurich, Switzerland (1997), San
Francisco (1998), Singapore (1999) and Athens, Greece (2000). The
2001 conference will be in Philadelphia and 2002 in Arlington, Virginia
adjacent to Washington, DC. From its inception CCS has established
itself as among the very best research conferences in security. This
reputation continues to grow and is reflected in increased
submissions. The 2001 Conference has received a record 158
submissions, from which no more than 24 papers will be selected.
Starting in 2001 SIGSAC launched a second major annual conference
called the ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies
(SACMAT). SACMAT is the first conference in the security research
community exclusively focused on access control. It evolved from the
SIGSAC sponsored ACM Workshop on Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).
The RBAC series was initiated in 1995 in collaboration with the
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The first
workshop was held at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland, November 30 -
December 1, 1995. The next three workshops were held at the GMU
campus in Fairfax in the October-November timeframe in 1997, 1998 and
1999. In 2000 the workshop was held at the Technical University of
Berlin in Berlin, Germany in July 2000. The first meeting under the
SACMAT name was help in Chantilly, Virginia in May 2001. The 2002
conference will be held in Monterey, California in June 2002.
CCS and SACMAT give SIGSAC and ACM two major annual conferences
separated by six months. Both conferences have a strong
future and have developed outstanding reputations.
The annual New Security Paradigms Workshop, started in 1992, is a
specialized workshop sponsored by SIGSAC. The 10th workshop will be
held in September 2001 in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
2. SIGSAC PUBLICATION INITIATIVES
SIGSAC has been instrumental in creating the new ACM Transactions
on Information and System Security (TISSEC). Outstanding papers
from CCS and SACMAT are invited each year or publication in TISSEC
after appropriate enhancement and review.
3. SIGSAC SPECIAL PROJECTS
SIGSAC continues to support the Computer Security Day.
A robust SIGSAC is recognized world-wide for its technical leadership
in the Information and System Security arena. SIGSAC has two major
annual conferences and one specialized workshop series. SIGSAC has
been instrumental in creating a new ACM Transactions on Information
and System Security. In conclusion, SIGSAC is providing strong
technical leadership to the community and has a cadre of volunteers to