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Issue No. 02 - February (2004 vol. 37)
ISSN: 0018-9162
pp: 80-82
Calls for IEEE CS Publications
Some security practitioners believe that the only way to know how to protect a system against attack is to know how attacks really work. Such practitioners advocate teaching about attacks when building security expertise, carrying out attacks as part of testing, and thinking and writing creatively about attacks. Others feel that discussing, publishing, and teaching attacks is irresponsible.
The July/August special issue of IEEE Security and Privacy is devoted to the idea of attacking systems in order to better understand how to defend against them. Suitable topics include exploiting software; using worms, viruses, and malicious code as attack vectors; attacking modern extensible systems such as Java and .NET; and ethical hacking, red-teaming, and penetration testing.
Submissions are due 4 April. The complete call is available at
Conventional wisdom holds that security and usability are two antagonistic goals in system design. A classic example is passwords: systems without passwords are thought to be usable, but not very secure, while systems with long passwords that must be frequently changed are thought to be secure, but not very usable.
An alternative view holds that the expanded use of computers by the general public has turned the traditional tradeoff of security-for-usability on its head: Unless designers create systems that are both secure and usable, they will build systems that are neither. Systems that are secure but not usable may fail to gain market acceptance, while systems that are usable but not secure may be hacked and rendered useless.
The September/October issue of IEEE Security and Privacy will be devoted to security and usability. Suitable topics include techniques for increasing security and usability, metrics for quantifying user interfaces, user studies involving security and security-related topics, and visualization tools for security and privacy.
Submissions are due 3 May. The complete call is available at
Other Calls

    UML 2004, 7th Int'l Conf. on Unified Modeling Language, 11-15 Oct., Lisbon, Portugal. Abstracts due 21 Mar.

    SRDS 2004, 23rd Symp. on Reliable Distributed Systems, 18-20 Oct., Florianópolis, Brazil. Submissions due 2 Apr.

    ISSRE 2004, 15th Int'l Symp. on Software Reliability Eng., 2-5 Nov., Saint-Malo, France. Abstracts due 2 Apr., submissions due 18 Apr.

    ATS 2004, 13th Asian Test Symp., 15-17 Nov., Kenting, Taiwan. Papers due 15 Apr.

    LCN 2004, 29th IEEE Conf. on Local Computer Networks, 16-18 Nov., Tampa, Fla. Papers due 21 May.

March 2004

    1-3 Mar: CSEE&T 2004, 17th Conf. on Software Eng. Education & Training, Norfolk, Va.

    3-5 Mar: PRDC 2004, 10th Pacific Rim Int'l Symp. on Dependable Computing, Papeete, Tahiti. Mar: LATW 2004, 5th IEEE Latin American Test Workshop, Cartagena, Colombia.

    10-12 Mar: ISPASS 2004, IEEE Int'l Symp. on Performance Analysis of Systems & Software, Austin, Texas.

    14-17 Mar: PerCom 2004, IEEE Int'l Conf. on Pervasive Computing & Comm., Kissimmee, Fla.

    20-24 Mar: CGO 2004, Int'l Symp. on Code Generation & Optimization, San Jose, Calif.

    23-25 Mar: WMTE 2004, 2nd IEEE Int'l Workshop on Wireless & Mobile Technologies in Education, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

    23-26 Mar: ICDCS 2004, 24th Int'l Conf. on Distributed Computing Systems, Tokyo.

    25-26 Mar: HASE 2004, IEEE 8th Int'l Symp. on High-Assurance Systems Eng., Tampa, Fla.

    27-31 Mar: VR 2004, IEEE Virtual Reality 2004 Conf. (with Haptics 2004), Chicago.

    28-29 Mar: RIDE WS-ECEG 2004, 14th Int'l Workshop on Research Issues on Data Eng. (with ICDE 2004), Boston.

    28-30 Mar: SSIAI 2004, IEEE Southwest Symp. on Image Analysis & Interpretation, Lake Tahoe, Nev. Mar: EEE 2004, IEEE Int'l Conf. on e-Technology, e-Commerce, & e-Service, Taipei, Taiwan.

    29-31 Mar: AINA 2004, 18th Int'l Conf. on Advanced Information Networking & Applications, Fukuoka, Japan.

    30 Mar.-2 Apr: ICDE 2004, 20th Int'l Conf. on Data Eng., Boston.

April 2004

    4-7 Apr: ITSW 2004, 11th IEEE Int'l Test Synthesis Workshop, Santa Barbara, Calif.

    5-7 Apr: ITCC 2004, 5th Int'l Conf. on IT, Las Vegas.

    8-9 Apr: IWIA 2004, 2nd IEEE Int'l Information Assurance Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.

    14-16 Apr: COOL CHIPS VII, Int'l Symp. on Low-Power & High-Speed Chips, Yokohama, Japan.

    14-16 Apr: ICECCS 2004, 9th IEEE Int'l Conf. on Eng. Complex Computer Systems, Florence, Italy.

    18-21 Apr: DDECS 2004, 7th IEEE Workshop on Design & Diagnostics of Electronics Circuits & Systems Workshop, Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia.

    19-22 Apr: CCGRID 2004, 4th IEEE/ACM Int'l Symp. on Cluster Computing & the Grid, Chicago.

    19-23 Apr: ASYNC 2004, 10th Int'l Symp. on Asynchronous Circuits & Systems, Hersonissos, Crete.

    25-27 Apr: EDP 2004, 10th IEEE/DATC Electronics Design Processes Workshop, Monterey, Calif.

    25-29 Apr: VTS 2004, 22nd VLSI Test Symp., Napa, Calif.

    26-30 Apr: IPDPS 2004, 18th Int'l Parallel & Distributed Processing Symp., Santa Fe, N.M.

May 2004

    9-12 May: IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, Oakland, Calif. May: ISEE 2004, Int'l Symp. on Electronics & the Environment, Scottsdale, Ariz.

    13-14 May: NATW 2004, IEEE 13th North Atlantic Test Workshop, Essex Junction, Vt.

    16-19 May: PADS 2004, 18th Workshop on Parallel & Distributed Simulation, Kufstein, Austria.

    17-18 May: ICAC 2004, Int'l Conf. on Autonomic Computing (with WWW 2004), New York.

    19-21 May: VisSym 2004, Joint Eurographics/IEEE TCVG Symp. on Visualization, Konstanz, Germany.

    19-22 May: ISMVL 2004, 34th Int'l Symp. on Multiple-Valued Logic, Toronto.

    23-28 May: ICSE 2004, 26th Int'l Conf. on Software Eng., Edinburgh, UK.

    24-27 May: ECBS 2004, 11th IEEE Int'l Conf. & Workshop on the Eng. of Computer-Based Systems, Brno, Czech Republic.

    26-27 May: SDD 2004, IEEE Int'l Workshop on Silicon Debug & Diagnosis, Ajaccio, France. Contact Mike Ricchetti,

June 2004

    2-4 June: PBG 2004, Symp. on Point-Based Graphics, Zurich, Switzerland.

    2-4 June: IWLS 2004, 13th Int'l Workshop on Logic & Synthesis, Temecula, Calif.

    6-9 June: SWTW 2004, Southwest Test Workshop, San Diego, Calif.

    7 June: CLADE 2004, Workshop on Challenges of Large Applications in Distributed Environments, Honolulu. June: POLICY 2004, IEEE 5th Int'l Workshop on Policies for Distributed Systems & Networks, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

    12-15 June: WICSA 2004, 4th IEEE/ IFIP Working Conf. on Software Architecture, Oslo, Norway.

    21-24 June: CCC 2004, 19th Ann. IEEE Conf. on Computational Complexity, Amherst, Mass.

    23-25 June: MEMOCODE 2004, 2nd ACM/IEEE Conf. on Formal Methods & Programming Models for Codesign, San Diego, Calif. 23-26 June: IMSTW 2004, 10th IEEE Int'l Mixed-Signal Test Workshop, Portland, Ore.

    24-25 June: CBMS 2004, 17th IEEE Symp. on Computer-Based Medical Systems, Bethesda, Md.

    24-26 June: IWPC 2004, 12th Int'l Workshop on Program Comprehension, Bari, Italy.

    27-30 June: ICME 2004, Int'l Conf. on Multimedia & Expo, Taipei, Taiwan.

    27 June-2 July: CVPR 2004, IEEE Computer Soc. Conf. on Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, Washington, D.C.

    28 June-1 July: DSN 2004, Int'l Conf. on Dependable Systems & Networks, Florence, Italy.

July 2004

    6-9 July: ICWS 2004, IEEE Int'l Conf. on Web Services, San Diego, Calif.

    6-9 July: CEC 2004, IEEE Conf. on E-Commerce, San Diego, Calif.

    7-9 July: ICPADS 2004, 10th Int'l Conf. on Parallel & Distributed Systems, Newport Beach, Calif.

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