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NDSS Symposium 2003

General Chair's Message

Welcome to the Tenth Internet Society Symposium on Network and Distributed System Security. This symposium provides a forum for researchers, developers, and users of security technologies to discuss the latest advances and exchange ideas.

This year the topic of the symposium is particularly relevant with the recent release of the US National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. In the past couple of years we have seen steady increases in the numbers of attacks ranging from viruses, through attacks on web sites and theft of information, to denial of service attacks. The world is becoming more concerned with the security of computer systems and the developments discussed in this symposium will help us to address those concerns.

This year’s symposium was made possible by the hard work of many people. The steering group, which I co-chair with Lynn St. Amour from the Internet Society, continues to chart a course for the conference that keeps its focus current, relevant, and practical. Once again, Tom Hutton coordinated local arrangements, and we hope excellent weather, for the meeting. Michele Estadt, with the assistance of Terry Weigler, did a wonderful job handling the logistics, making my job as general chair a breeze. Eric Harder did a great job organizing a very relevant set of pre-conference tutorials. Publicity for the symposium was coordinated aptly by William Flanigan and Martin Kupres lined up sponsors. Once again, Mahesh Tripunitara coordinated input from the authors and assembled this year’s proceedings and CD-ROM.

Long after the meeting is complete, the success of the conference will be judged by the quality of the papers selected to appear. This selection process was taken on by the program committee under the leadership of the program co-chairs Virgil Gligor and Michael Reiter. I thank Virgil and Mike and the entire program committee for their hard work and for the excellent program they have assembled. I would also like to thank the authors who submitted and will present papers, and the panelists who will speak during the symposium, for without them, there would not be a conference.

The Internet Society provided overall sponsorship for the symposium and I thank them for their support. Additionally, I would like to thank the National Security Agency (NSA), San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), DoCoMo Communications Laboratories USA, Inc, IBM, Microsoft and Afilias for their sponsorship of the symposium.

I am confident that the symposium will be productive, that you will make new contacts and leave the symposium with new ideas. I encourage you to develop those ideas when you go home and submit papers to next year’s symposium telling us how you built upon those ideas to improve the security of your systems and the new security technologies you have produced. Above all, enjoy the conference.

Clifford Neuman

University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute