SIGSAC Annual Report
July 2002 - June 2003
Submitted by: Ravi Sandhu Chair
SPECIAL NOTE FROM OUTGOING CHAIR
It is with a sense of pride and accomplished mission that I submit the
last annual report of my tenure as SIGSAC Chair. It has been an
eventful 8 years. The SIGSAC CCS and SACMAT conferences have
established a strong presence in the security community and have a
very bright future. CCS in particular is recognized as the world's
leading security research conference. SACMAT is the world's leader in
the access control arena. SIGSAC conversion to a conference SIG has
been a very successful move. The launching of TISSEC was initiated by
SIGSAC and TISSEC has become the world's leading security research
journal. Looking back these are significant accomplishments that put
SIGSAC and ACM as the world's foremost research publication brands in
the security arena. Looking ahead I see an exciting future for
SIGSAC. It is an honor and privilege to hand over to Sushil Jajodia.
Sushil has made a tremendous mark on CCS in the past three years since
he stepped in as Program Committee Chair in 2000 in Athens, Greece. I
have every confidence that he will not only sustain and build our
existing activities but will introduce new initiatives to further
diversify SIGSAC. This is SIGSAC's first transition of Chair as a
conference-only SIG and I am pleased to report it has gone very well.
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), Athens, Greece (2000) and
Philadelphia (2001). Since 2002 the conference has been held in
Washington, DC. We expect it to remain in the DC area for some time.
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 high quality and prestige of the program. The
2003 Conference introduced several innovations. It received a record
260 submissions (up 70% from last year's 153 submissions) from which a
record 37 papers have been selected. The Workshop Program, the new
Industry Track and the new Tutorial format have all been very
successful. The state of CCS is truly excellent.
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 was held in
Monterey, California in June 2002 and the 2003 conference in Como,
Italy in June 2003. The 2002 and 2003 meetings were co-located with
the IEEE International Workshop on Policies for Distributed Systems
and Networks. These two meeting will again be co-located in 2004 at
IBM Yorktown Heights. There is an understanding we will continue to
collocate, alternating in Europe and North America for some time. The
2004 conference will be expanded to 2.5 days from the 2 days in the
past. Also the post-conference 1/2 day tutorial program introduced in
2003 in Como will be continued in 2004.
CCS and SACMAT give SIGSAC and ACM two major annual conferences in
Summer and in Fall. Both conferences have a strong future and have developed
outstanding reputations. CCS in particular has emerged as the world's
leading security research conference, going against established conferences
that are much older.
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 for 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. 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.