Dear Readers:

We are pleased to bring you another  issue of Cipher!   In it you will find book reviews by Robert Bruen and links to several new calls for papers, including the 2003 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy.

The July Cipher contained the exciting news about IEEE's new bimonthly magazine focused on security and privacy, to begin publication January 2003!  Have a look at  The search for the first Editor in Chief is under way, with applications closing October 1, 2002.  See for more information. 

The NewsBits column repeats a call to action on a proposal by Carl Landwehr  to develop a  time line marked with important events and work in computer security.  This could make a fascinating class project for a graduate course in security.

And so here is my bimonthly plea for volunteers to write conference and workshop summaries.  Please consider contributing; if you are on a conference program committee, we would appreciate help in locating a volunteer.

Many thanks to our colleagues who contributed to this issue!

Best regards,

Jim Davis