Cipher Issue 134, September 19, 2016, Editor's Letter

Dear Readers,

Crisp fall weather is a yearly reminder that it is time to get your research results written up because the deadline for the Security and Privacy Symposium abstracts is November 4. And don't forget that the 2nd European Security and Privacy Symposium will be held next year in Paris.

The Computer Society is holding its annual elections right now, and if you are a member, take a moment to vote for the officers who will guide the organization for the next 2 years.

It is with gratitude and regret that we note the retirement of our constant reader, Richard Austin, who has been reviewing some of the finest books in our field for 10 years. This issue contains his last commentary for us, and his good-by to his readers is therein.

As I went over the list of volumes that he has commented on, it is apparent that a practitioner's bookshelf could be populated on his selections alone. Risk, attack, testing, forensics, defense, cyberwar, ... the panoply of computer security has been laid out in a feast of books guided by Austin's good taste and insights. Each review tells the reader, chapter by chapter, why the material is helpful, optional, or essential. His service to our readers is great, and so is the absence left by his retirement. We wish him a happy grandfatherhood!

  Hackers threaten our election and our security is rocked,
  When the frost is on the punkin and the iPhone's been unlocked.
    (with apologies to James Whitcomb Riley)

      Hilarie Orman