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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.

4. AWARDS

None.

5. SUMMARY

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 provide leadership.


 

SIGSAC FY'01 Annual Report. Last Update: 6/6/2001 by Ravi Sandhu
 
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