Cipher Issue 90, May 2009, Editor's Letter

Dear Readers,

The 30th Security and Privacy Symposium was held in May at its usual location at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, California, USA. The event was congenial and informative, as always. For those who could not attend, we have notes from the conference by Martin Szydlowski. Attendees (there were 270 of them!) received a DVD with all papers from the history of the conference, as well as all the papers from the other Technical Committee sponsored event, the Computer Security Foundations Workshop (coming up in July).

At the business meeting, Sven Dietrich, associate editor of this newsletter, was nominated and confirmed as the next vice chair of the Technical Committee, to take office in January of 2010.

Next year is the 30th anniversary of the meeting, and festivities are in the works. Several computer scientists at this year's event wondered about the concept "30th meeting != 30th anniversary". Perhaps this explains the prevalence of buffer overflow bugs!

At this date the US government's cybersecurity czar has not been named. Whoever it may be surely will have a large task ahead, as cybersecurity lags far behind cyberattacks in today's world. Keep your firewalls.

    Hilarie Orman
    Cipher Editor