Dear Readers:

We are pleased to bring you this issue of Cipher!  In it you will find conference reports by Vernon Stagg and Jean Camp, a book review by Robert Bruen, plus the links to new calls for papers.  We would also like to thank Eugen Bacic for contributing the memoriam for our colleague Milan Kuchta.

On another  sad note, you have no doubt heard of the passing of our friend Roger Needham on February 28, 2003.    You can find several nice tributes and recaps of Roger's very long list of contributions at and  It's not surprising to note that nearly everyone uses the word "pioneer" when describing his accomplishments.  He was a truly a leader with a vision for our community and will be greatly missed. 

As always, thanks to our colleagues who contribute to Cipher!  

Best regards,

Jim Davis