Dear Readers:

This issue marks the ten year anniversary of Cipher. We have had five editors: Carl Landwehr was the founder and first editor, followed by Paul Syverson, who was joined by Avi Rubin as co-editor, then Jim Davis took the reins, followed by me in 2003. The readership has grown steadily during the 10 years, even as the research community has changed and the industry has matured.

Cipher started as a paper publication, but Carl then turned it to a pioneering effort in its combination of email and web presence, and also via its online calendar of events and the calls-for-papers page. It is an all-volunteer operation, and we depend on contributions. Conference reviews are particularly valuable; if you have attended a conference and have notes to share, please your article to and become a published contributor.

If you are interested in helping to redesign Cipher's web page appearance, please contact me. Some member of the technical committee have expressed a desire for more pizzazz. Ideas most likely to be welcomed are those that are consistent with Cipher's fuddy-duddy insistence on using html without scripts and without reliance on composition tools other than a simple text editor.

The Department of Homeland Security has released its long anticipated announcement of funding opportunities in the area of cybersecurity research and development. The R&D community has many important ideas that can only be brought to fruition with funding of this sort. The schedule for applications is an aggressive one, and potential bidders should look immediately at the solicitation described in this Cipher issue.

May the pages of your research proposals turn golden like the leaves of autumn.

Hilarie Orman