IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium
- General Chair
- Program Chair
- Publication Chair
- Steering Committee
Background The Computer Security Foundations Symposium is an annual
invitational workshop for researchers in computer security, to examine current
theories of security, the formal models that provide a context for those
theories, and techniques for verifying security. It was created in 1988 as an
IEEE Computer Society workshop, in cooperation with the Technical Committee on
Security and Privacy, in response to a 1986 essay by Don Good entitled "The
Foundations of Computer Security - We Need Some."
The meeting became a "symposium" in 2007, along with a
policy for open, increased attendance.
The atmosphere of the symposium is informal,
in a peaceful, rural setting that encourages an exchange of
thoughtful technical discussion by all attendees both during and after scheduled
presentations. It has usually been held in mid-June; the original location was
the Franconia Inn, Franconia, New Hampshire, USA.
The program includes papers and panels. Topics of
interest include access control, information flow, covert channels, secure
protocols, database security, language-based security, authorization and trust,
verification techniques, integrity and
availability models, and broad discussions concerning the role of formal methods
in computer security and the nature of foundational research in this area. The
Workshop program is chosen from among submissions by prospective participants.
The purpose of this document is to help preserve the spirit and style of the
Workshop by outlining its objectives and its present mode of operation, and by
establishing a steering committee to serve as an institutional memory, to assist
the current organizers of the Workshop in their duties, and guide the evolution
of the Workshop particulars.
Organization The following functions should be filled: General Chair,
Program Chair, Publication Chair, Steering Committee, and Program Committee. It
is envisioned that the current assignments of organizers may be split, combined,
or otherwise reapportioned by the General Chair among an equal, greater, or
smaller number of organizers to ensure a workable allocation of the
The duties and obligations of each function are specified in separate
sections below. A separate guide will be prepared containing additional details
General ChairThe General Chair has full responsibility for the overall
success of the workshop. Other organizers must keep the General Chair informed
of the progress of their activities, and defer to the General Chair's judgment
on matters of general policy. The General Chair has considerable discretion with
regard to the organization of the Workshop, but should not carry out major
changes in the conduct of the Workshop without consulting with the Steering
Committee and, where the technical program is involved, the Program Chair.
Term The General Chair is appointed by the Steering Commitee and
may serve for one or two years.
Appointment of Organizers The General Chair appoints a Publication
Chair and any other organizers (but not the Program Chair) he or she deems
appropriate for the general running of the Workshop.
Planning and IEEE coordination Soon after the Workshop, the General
Chair for the following year's Workshop must plan for it by applying for IEEE
Computer Society sponsorship and/or other institutional affiliations. The
planning process includes establishing a location and date for the Workshop, a
schedule, and an estimated budget. The General Chair is also responsible for
workshop announcements and advertising, or may appoint and delegate these duties to a
Registration and Financial The General Chair sends out invitations to
the Workshop. The General Chair also acts as the treasurer for the Workshop.
This requires establishing an account according to the procedures of the IEEE
Computer Society, and collecting and depositing registration fees. A financial
report to the IEEE Computer Society and the closing of the account are required
after the Workshop.
Hotel Arrangements The General Chair arranges agreements with the
hotel or inn hosting the Workshop, with regard to Workshop dates, room rates,
and charges for meals, breaks, and meeting room use.
Oversight of Program and Publication Chairs The General Chair must see
that the Program and Publication Chairs perform their duties on schedule, and
must review all announcements prior to publication.
Program ChairThe Program Chair is responsible for the technical content
of the Workshop. The Program Chair generates a Call for Papers, chooses a
Program Committee, manages the review of submissions from prospective
participants, and puts together a program.
Term The Program Chair is appointed by the Steering Committee and
normally serves for two years. A Program Chair is expected to suggest at least
one nomination who is qualified to be his or her successor.
The Program Chair may enlist a Program Co-chair with the approval of the
Program Committee The Program Chair appoints a Program Committee to
help review the submissions.
Preparation of Call for Papers The Program Chair composes a Call for
Papers, reviewing it with the General Chair before publication. The Call for
Papers should list topics of current interest, indicate the needs of the program
with respect to panels, working group exercises, or other special activities,
and show important dates.
Management of Review Process The Program Chair distributes copies of
submitted papers and other activity proposals to suitable members of the Program
Committee, with an eye toward matching paper topics to the Committee members'
areas of expertise. The Program Chair must instruct Committee members with
regard to the form of the review desired.
Preparation of Program The Program Chair selects papers for
presentation and other Workshop activities, considering, but not necessarily
following, the recommendations of the Program Committee. The Program Chair
creates a preliminary program and reviews it with the General Chair, who should
receive a summary of the papers and proposals that were submitted.
Publication ChairThe Publication Chair is the editor of the Workshop
Proceedings, which are normally published by the IEEE Computer Society and
distributed to attendees at the Workshop.
Term The Publication Chair is appointed by the General Chair for one
year, though the difficulty and relatively thankless nature of the job is such
that Publication Chairs are normally retained for as many years as they are
willing to serve.
Publication of Proceedings This task requires coordination with the
publisher, the Computer Society Press, and with authors to give them
instructions and to ensure that they prepare final copies of their papers on
schedule. The Publication Chair may also obtain preliminary machine-readable
versions of papers, if they are available, for electronic distribution prior to
Steering CommitteeThe Steering Committee is established as a permanent
organization to provide continuity and stability for the conduct of the
Workshop. As an institutional memory, it serves to assist the current organizers
of the Workshop in their duties, and to guide the evolution of the Workshop so
that it remains true to the goal of seeking out foundational principles, and yet
remains responsive to current advances and interests in computer security
Constituency Membership on the Steering Committee is open to all past
and current General and Program Chairs. Membership on the Steering Committee is
contingent on continued support of the Workshop, as evidenced by attendance at
one or more of the last three Workshops, or by participation as a member of the
program committee or in other supporting roles. Publication Chairs are members
of the Steering Committee while they hold that position.
TCSP Representation The current Chair of the IEEE Computer Society
Technical Committee on Security and Privacy, or a designate, is a
Steering Committee member.
Meetings The Steering Committee meets once each year in person at the
Workshop. In addition, the Steering Committee may convene electronically at
various times when its advice is needed.
Selection of General Chair and Program Chair The Steering Committee
appoints a General Chair and Program Chair each year, or whenever new
appointments are needed. In each case, selection of a new Chair is by vote among
the members available, and is usually conducted by e-mail.
Chair The Chair of the Steering Committee is appointed by consensus of
the Steering Committee. The present Chair is Jonathan Millen.
Consultation The Steering Committee provides advice to the General
Chair with regard to selection of a Program Chair, and changes in the
organization or conduct of the Workshop. The Steering Committee is also a
resource for advice at any time with regard to current and past procedural
Amendment of Charter The Steering Committee can amend the charter. A
reasonable attempt must be made to notify all active Steering Committee members of
proposed changes, at least two weeks prior to a vote. Changes must be approved
by a vote with a majority of active members.
Updated December 2012