DIMACS Workshop on Software Security

January 6-7, 2003
DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

Gary McGraw (Chair), Cigital, gem@cigital.com
Ed Felten, Princeton University, felten@cs.princeton.edu
Virgil Gligor, University of Maryland, gligor@umd.edu
Dave Wagner, University of California at Berkeley, daw@cs.berkeley.edu

Invited Speakers:
Michael Howard, Microsoft, The Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Initiative from the Inside
Brian Kernighan, Coding Excellence: Security as a Side Effect of Good Software
Dan Geer, @stake, Software Security in the Big Picture: Repeating ourselves all over again
Presented under the auspices of the Special Focus on Communication Security and Information Privacy.

Workshop Announcement:

The security of computer systems and networks has become increasingly limited by the quality and security of the software running on these machines. Researchers have estimated that more than half of all vulnerabilities are due to buffer overruns, an embarassingly elementary class of bugs. All too often systems are hacked by exploiting software bugs. In short, a central and critical aspect of the security problem is a software problem. How can we deal with this?

The Software Security Workshop will explore these issues. The scope of the workshop will include security engineering, architecture and implementation risks, security analysis, mobile and malicious code, education and training, and open research issues. In recent years many promising techniques have arisen from connections between computer security, programming languages, and software engineering, and one goal is to bring these communities closer together and crystalize the subfield of software security.

Call for Participation:


You are encouraged to submit short (3 pages or less) abstracts for presentation at a poster session (in tandem with wine and cheese).

You are also encouraged to submit (one paragraph) ideas to be expounded during an "Outrageous Opinions" session, meant to stir up contoversy and discussion.

Send all submissions with the subject line DIMACS to Gary McGraw.

Application for Financial Support:

Limited financial support is expected to be available. How much we offer will depend on funds we raise for this purpose and on the number of applications received and might have to be limited to waiver of registration fees for some of the participants.

Deadline for Applications: December 2, 2002 (Late applications will be considered provided funds for financial support remain.)

See link to Application for Financial Support below for further details.

* Please email applications to Christine Spassione.

Document last modified on May 4, 2004.
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