Editorial: Dependability and Security
For the past four years, it has been my privilege and pleasure to serve as the Inaugural Editor-in-Chief of IEEE's Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. During the relatively short time since its launch, TDSC has become the premier journal in our field.
One indicator of success is the impact factor, as measured by the IEEE. TDSC has had one of the highest impact factors among IEEE Computer Society publications, which is especially impressive considering the journal's young age. We have published nearly 100 papers in 16 issues and we have had four special sections in connection with two of the premier conferences in the field.
An outstanding group of colleagues acting as Associate Editors has helped make TDSC the success it is. Each of them has performed the task of review with great care and dedication. Further, the quality of the submissions has steadily and perceptibly increased since the journal's inception. This is due to the devotion and rigor that several hundred peer reviewers have brought to the process, thus helping the AEs hold all papers to a uniformly high standard. During the past four years, TDSC has also developed and maintained a worldwide perspective, with Associate Editors, referees, and paper submissions from Europe, Asia, and North and South America.
The number of submissions has reached approximately 190 papers per year, driven in part by the high expectations of the Associate Editors and reviewers, as well as the recognized quality of the papers published. This is particularly true of our special issues, published each year in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) and the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy.
I express my heartfelt thanks to the Editorial Board, Rangachar Kasturi, the former Computer Society Vice President of Publications, Angela Burgess, the IEEE Computer Socety Executive Director, and Suzanne Wagner and Joyce Arnold of the IEEE Computer Society. To Kishor Trivedi go special thanks for his advice in the process of creating the journal. I am also deeply grateful to our many reviewers from the peer community who have worked so hard to maintain a reasonable turn-around time for the journal. My special thanks go to Heidi Leerkamp and Gerasimoula Kokkosis for their wonderful and unqualified support in helping me manage the journal and to Frances Rigberg Baker for her editorial assistance.
I extend a warm welcome to the newest Associate Editors, Zbigniew T. Kalbarczyk, Karama Kanoun, Stefan Katzenbeisser, Shubu Mukherjee, Shiuhpyng Shieh, Yervant Zorian and my sincere thanks go to our distinguished outgoing Associate Editors, Steve Bellovin and Paulo Verissimo.
My congratulations and best wishes to Virgil D. Gligor, the incoming Editor-in-Chief. I have every confidence that the journal will continue to evolve in new and exciting directions under his leadership. I am sure this young journal will continue to grow and thrive in the coming years and hope to continue my involvement as a submitter, reviewer, and reader. I end my term as its Inaugural Editor-in-Chief with great satisfaction and pride. Congratulations to all involved!
Ravishankar K. Iyer
About the Authors
Zbigniew T. Kalbarczyk received the PhD degree in computer science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is currently a research professor at the Center for Reliable and High-Performance Computing in the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the University of Illinois, he worked as an assistant professor in the Laboratory for Dependable Computing at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Kalbarczyk's research interests are in the area of reliable and secure networked systems. His current work focuses on development of techniques and tools for providing application-aware reliability and security, where the goal is to customize the mechanisms for detecting security attacks and execution errors using knowledge about the expected or allowed program/system behavior. His research also involves development of automated techniques for validation and benchmarking of dependable and secure computing systems. He has published more than 90 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. He was the program chair of the Dependable Computing and Communication Symposium (DCCS) 2007 and the program cochair of the Computer Performance and Dependability Symposium (PDS) 2002. (DCCS and PDS are tracks of the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks.) He is regularly invited to serve on the program committees of several international conferences on dependability and security of computing systems. He is a member of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society.
Karama Kanoun received the Certified Engineer degree from the National School of Civil Aviation, Toulouse, and the Doctor-Engineer and the Doctor-ès-Science degrees from the National Polytechnique Institute, Toulouse. She was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, during the first semester of 1998. She is Directeur de Recherche at LAAS-CNRS. Her research interests include modeling and evaluation of computer system dependability considering hardware as well as software and dependability benchmarking. She has authored or coauthored more than 150 conference and journal papers, five books, and 10 book chapters. She has codirected the production of a book on dependability benchmarking, accepted for publication by the IEEE Computer Society, to appear in 2008. She is vice-chairperson of the IFIP working group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance. She is chairperson of 1) the Special Interest Group on Dependability Benchmarking of the IFIP working group 10.4, 2) the French SEE Technical Committee on Trustworthy Computer Systems, and 3) the SEE Working Group "Design and Validation for Dependability." She was the principal investigator of the DBench European project (Dependability Benchmarking). DBench has been selected as part of ICT Results (an editorial service offering news and views on innovations, emerging from EU-funded research in information and communications technology; only a few distinguished projects have a Web page on ICT Results). She is responsible of the integration and management of the ReSIST European Network of Excellence (Resilience for Survivability in Information Society Technologies). She has been a consultant for several French companies, the European Space Agency, Ansaldo Transporti, and for the International Union of Telecommunications. She has been involved in more than 20 national research contracts (with Aerospatiale, Bull, EADS, EDF, CNES, CENA) and European projects (among which CRUTIAL and HiDENETS that are currently running). She is a member of the steering committees of the three main conferences in her field of interest: ISSRE (IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering), DSN (IEEE International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks), and EDCC (European Dependable Computing Conference). Since 2000, she has been a member of the Advisory Committee to the International Conference on Quality Reliability and IT, organized by the Indian Institute of Technology. She has served as program committee cochair of the 28th Annual International Computer Software and Application Conference (COMPSAC '04), Hong Kong, the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN '00), New York, the Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE '94), Monterey, California, and the Fourth European Workshop on Dependable Computing (EWDC '92), Prague, Czechoslovakia. She has served as general chair of the 18th International Conference on Computer Safety, reliability and Security (Safecomp '99), Toulouse, the Sixth IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering, Toulouse, 1995, and the Second International Conference on Reliability, Maintainability and Safety, Beijing, China, 1994. She has served several times on the Program Committees of FTCS and IPDS (which were grouped together into DSN in 2000), HASE, ICCCN, ISSRE, COMPSAC, PNPM, Safecomp conferences, and the French Congress on Risk Management and Dependability. She also acts as a referee for several international conferences and journals. She is a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and of the International Journal of Performability Engineering. She was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability (1999-2004).
Stefan Katzenbeisser received the PhD degree from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. After working as a research scientist at the Technical University in Munich, Germany, he joined Philips Research as a senior scientist in 2006. Since April 2008, he has been an assistant professor at the Darmstadt University of Technology, heading the Security Engineering group. His current research interests include digital rights management, security aspects of digital watermarking, data privacy, software security, and cryptographic protocol design. He has authored more than 40 scientific publications and served on the program committees of several workshops and conferences devoted to watermarking and applied cryptography. Among others, he was the program chair of the Information Hiding Workshop '05, the IFIP Communications and Multimedia Security Conference '05 and the International Workshop on Digital Watermarking '07. Currently, he is an associate editor of the EURASIP Journal on Information Security. He is a member of the IEEE, ACM, and IACR.