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SIGSAC Annual Report

July 1998 - June 1999
Submitted by: Ravi Sandhu Chair


SIGSAC continues to forge ahead in establishing leadership in the Information and Systems Security community. This annual report outlines accomplishments of the past year and future plans.

1. SIGSAC's CONVERSION TO CONFERENCE ONLY SIG

SIGSAC's conversion to a conference-only SIG has been successfully accomplished. With its strong conferences and close association with TISSEC, SIGSAC has established a major presence in the security community.

2. SIGSAC CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

SIGSAC's flagship conference is the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security. 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) and San Francisco (1998). The 1999 Conference is in Singapore and the 2000 conference in Athens, Greece. From its inception this conference has established itself as among the very best research conferences in security. This reputation continues to grow. SIGSAC leadership continues to discuss the future of this conference. Currently we are leaning towards a model that would keep the conference on the US East coast in the November timeframe, while leaving the option of taking to international locations when we receive strong proposals.

In 1995 SIGSAC created the new ACM Workshop on Role-Based Access Control 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. This series of workshops seeks to promote the use and standardization of RBAC. Interest in RBAC has grown dramatically in the past few years as the inadequacies of the classical discretionary and mandatory access control approaches become increasingly evident. Subsequent workshops have been held at the GMU campus in Fairfax in the October-November timeframe.

SIGSAC's vision is to develop specialized workshops of this kind to provide technical leadership in addition to its flagship conference.

The annual New Security Paradigms Workshop, started in 1992, is another specialized workshop sponsored by SIGSAC. The 8th workshop was held in September 1999 near Toronto, Canada.

3. SIGSAC PUBLICATION INITIATIVES

SIGSAC has been instrumental in creating the new ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC). The August 1999 issue of TISSEC draws on papers from the 1998 CCS conference. We expect this will become a tradition.

4. SIGSAC SPECIAL PROJECTS

SIGSAC continues to support the Computer Security Day.

5. AWARDS

None.

6. SUMMARY

A reinvigorated SIGSAC continues its technical leadership in the Information and System Security arena. SIGSAC has a strong flagship conference (established 1993) and two specialized workshop series with others anticipated in future. 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 is developing a cadre of volunteers from which future leadership will emerge.


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