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NDSS Symposium 1997

General Chair's Message

Welcome to the fourth annual Internet Society (ISOC) Symposium on Network and Distributed System Security! Each year we seek to bring together researchers, implementors, and users of network and distributed system security technologies to discuss today's important security issues and challenges. This year our Program Committee has once again done an outstanding job of selecting a mix of technical papers and panel presentations that describe promising new approaches to Internet security. As we are all aware, the use of the Internet is growing rapidly, and the the need for widespread deployment of usable and effective network and distributed system security solutions is increasing just as rapidly. I am confident that with our continued open dialog, sharing of experiences and ideas, and exploration of solutions, we can help to ensure the protection of this valuable resource.

I am grateful to the Internet Society for sponsoring the symposium, and especially to Martin Burack, the new Executive Director, who has taken a keen interest in the symposium and worked hard to ensure its success.

Many thanks are also in order to the folks who have spent considerable time and effort organizing the symposium. Torryn Brazell and the staff at the ISOC have done an incredible job handling the registrations and many other behind-the-scenes activities. Tom Hutton has again provided wonderful local arrangements. Steve Welke has done a top-notch job assembling the hard-copy proceedings and the CD-ROM. The Progam Co-Chairs, Cliff Neuman and Matt Bishop, and the entire program committee are to be commended for their fine effort pulling together an excellent technical program. Only with the collective hard work of all these individuals are we able to make the symposium a success.

Finally, I would like to thank all the authors who submitted papers and the panelists who are participating by sharing their knowledge and experiences.

David M. Balenson
Trusted Information Systems
balenson@tis.com