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Issue No.01 - January-March (2010 vol.7)
pp: 1-3
Published by the IEEE Computer Society
During the past few years, IEEE TDSC established itself as one of the most competitive journals among the IEEE Transactions and in the field of computing, in general. As a consequence, we continue to attract nearly 200 submissions per year and have maintained an acceptance rate of about 10-12% for regular papers. At the same time, the publication quality has steadily increased thanks to higher quality submissions and their careful processing by a dedicated group of outstanding Editorial Board experts and reviewers. The increase in TDSC’s page budget during 2009 alleviated some concerns regarding the timeliness with which we are able to disseminate important research results. However, it is quite clear that a substantial number of interesting papers cannot be published unless the current page budget is increased. For example, an early editorial initiative of publishing the best papers of IEEE-sponsored dependability and security conferences could only be partially implemented due to page budget limitations. For this reason, we requested a 50 percent increase in the number of issues TDSC publishes per year, from four to six. This would not only raise the visibility of our journal within the scientific community but also attract new and exciting submissions. We anticipate that this increase will take effect at the earliest possible time, namely during 2011. We also look forward to transitioning to an online-only publication in 2011.
We are extremely privileged that the following six individuals have agreed to serve as members of the Editorial Board: Professors Yair Amir (Johns Hopkins University), Christopher Kruegel (University of California, Santa Barbara), Wenke Lee (Georgia Tech), David Taylor (University of Waterloo), Dr. David Powell (LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse), and Professor Frank Stajano (Cambridge University). They are all very prominent researchers in their respective areas of interest and their presence on the Board will undoubtedly attract added interest in TDSC. Their brief biographies are included below.
During the past four years, TDSC benefited from the outstanding expertise and unmatched dedication of our Associate Editors. The terms of service for two of these individuals, namely Professor Lorenzo Alvisi (University of Texas, Austin) and Professor Giovanni Vigna (University of California, Santa Barbara) ended in 2009, and on behalf of the Editorial Board, I would like thank them for their commitment, hard work, and good judgment during the past four years. As my own term of service as Editor-in-Chief ended on 1 January 2010, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of the authors who entrusted us with their research work, to all of the reviewers for their helpful and timely reports, and the entire Editorial Board and IEEE Computer Society Publications Staff for their unfailing assistance.
My heartfelt welcome and best wishes are extended to Professor Ravi Sandhu, the incoming Editor-in-Chief of TDSC. Ravi’s long and distinguished record as the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information and System Security and his deep commitment to IEEE professional activities give all of us the confidence that under his leadership this journal will continue to thrive.
Virgil Gligor
Retiring Editor-in-Chief



Ravi Sandhu received the BTech and MTech degrees from IIT Bombay and Delhi, and the MS and PhD degrees from Rutgers University. He is executive director of the Institute for Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he holds the Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in Cyber Security. Previously, he was on the faculty at George Mason University (1989-2007) and Ohio State University (1982-1989). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the ACM and AAAS, and has received awards from the IEEE, the ACM, NSA and NIST. A prolific and highly cited researcher, his work has accumulated more than 11,000 Google Scholar citations. His research has been funded by US NSF, NSA, NIST, DARPA, AFOSR, ONR, AFRL, and the private sector. His seminal papers on role-based access control established it as the dominant form of access control in practical systems. His numerous other models and mechanisms have also had considerable impact. He is founding general chair of the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy. He served as founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information and System Security and on the editorial board for IEEE Internet Computing. He was chairman of ACM SIGSAC, and founded the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security and the ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies and chaired their steering committees. He has served as general chair, program chair, and committee member for numerous security conferences. He has consulted for leading industry and government organizations, and has lectured all over the world. He is an inventor and holds 17 security technology patents. He has pioneered the teaching of cyber security at the graduate level and was the principal architect of the MS and PhD degrees in information security and assurance at George Mason University. At the Institute for Cyber Security, he leads multiple teams conducting world-leading research on many aspects of cyber security including secure information sharing, social computing security, cloud computing security, service-oriented architecture security, botnet analysis and detection, and infrastructure assurance, in collaboration with researchers all across the world. His web site is at www.profsandhu.com.



Yair Amir received the BS (1985) and MS (1990) degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and the PhD (1995) degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Prior to his PhD, he gained extensive experience building C3I systems. He is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University, where he has been a professor since 2000, and professor since 2004. He is a creator of the Spread and Secure Spread messaging toolkits, the Backhand and Wackamole clustering projects, the Spines overlay network platform, and the SMesh wireless mesh network. He has been a member of the program committees of the IEEE International conference on Distributed Computing Systems (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007), the ACM Conference on Principles of Distributed Computing (2001), and the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (2001, 2003, and 2005). He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.



Christopher Kruegel received the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the Technical University Vienna (Austria) in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He is the Eugene Aas associate professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests are computer and communications security, with an emphasis on malicious code analysis and detection, Web security, and intrusion detection. He has published more than 70 conference and journal papers and is a recent recipient of the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Moreover, he served as the program chair of the 10th Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID) and the fourth ACM Workshop on Rapid Malcode (WORM). He is also an associate editor for the Journal of Computer Security.



Wenke Lee received the BS degree in computer science from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, in 1987 and the PhD degree in computer science from Columbia University, New York, in 1999. He is a professor in the School of Computer Science, College of Computing, the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are in systems and network security, applied cryptography, and data mining.



David Taylor received the PhD degree from the University of Waterloo in 1977 and is currently a professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. In addition to his teaching and research, he has served on the University Senate and Board of Governors, was associate chair for Undergraduate Studies of the (then) Department of Computer Science and from 2001 to 2007 was Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) of the Faculty of Mathematics. He has spent sabbatical leaves at the Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, and the IBM Toronto Laboratory. He has served as program chair and general chair for the Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems and was conference coordinator for the 2006 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, a role he is repeating for the 2010 Conference. His PhD thesis was in the area of fault-tolerant software and he has maintained an interest in that area in addition to more recent activity in the area of distributed systems, notably event-based monitoring of distributed applications.



David Powell received the BS degree in electronic engineering from the University of Southampton, England, in 1972, the Specialty Doctorate degree from the Toulouse Paul Sabatier University in 1975, and the Docteur ès-Sciences degree from the Toulouse National Polytechnic Institute in 1981. He is Directeur de Recherche at CNRS. He is a member of the Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance Research Group at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France. His research interests include dependability in the face of accidental and intentional human faults, fault-tolerant distributed systems, and dependability assessment. His current focus is spontaneous networking and autonomous robot systems. He has authored or coauthored three books, 130 papers, and 19 book chapters; managed several National and European research contracts; and acted as a consultant for companies in France and the European Commission. He was the Scientific Director of the Delta-4 FP3 Esprit project and the Scientific Advisor of the GUARDS FP4 Esprit project. He served as program chair of the first European Dependable Computing Conference (Berlin, Germany, 1994), program cochair of the 26th IEEE Symposium on Fault Tolerant Computing (Sendai, Japan, 1996), guest editor of a special section on Communications of the ACM devoted to group communication (April 1996), and conference coordinator for the 2004 IEEE/IFIP Symposium on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) (Florence, Italy, June 2004). Dr. Powell is a member of the IEEE, the ACM, and the IFIP 10.4 working group on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance.



Frank Stajano received the PhD degree in computer security at the University of Cambridge in 2000. In the same year, he accepted a lectureship at Cambridge and was elected a Toshiba Fellow, which took him to the company’s R&D headquarters in Japan for a year. As a tenured faculty member in the computer security group and the digital technology group at the University of Cambridge, his research interests revolve around three interconnected themes: systems security, privacy in the electronic society, and ubiquitous computing. He is the author of Security for Ubiquitous Computing (Wiley, 2002). A popular public speaker, he has given about 40 invited talks across America, Europe, and Asia. His academic career was preceded by several years as a research scientist in the computing, electronics, and telecommunications industries (Toshiba, AT&T, Oracle, and Olivetti) and therefore his research retains a strong practical orientation. He continues to consult for industry on various topics from systems security to strategic planning and innovation.

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