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Tuesday, July 8, 2003

12th Annual USENIX Security Symposium Explores All Aspects Of Computer Security from Electronic Voting to WiFi

Security Conference Attracts Experts from Companies Including Microsoft, AT&T Labs, Sun Microsystems and Akamai

Washington, D.C. -- Goodbye hanging chads, hello electronic voting. The security challenges posed by electronic voting is one of many topics that will be explored at the 12th Annual USENIX Security Symposium to be held here, August 4-8.

The five-day USENIX Security Symposium tackles a range of security issues including preventing and detecting intrusions, ensuring WiFi security, new challenges with 802.11 and SSL, new directions in Trusted Computing and the realities of site responsiveness to new security patches.

The experts and pioneers who are spearheading today's security advances lead the USENIX tutorials. Marcus J. Ranum, recognized as the inventor of the proxy firewall and credited with implementing the first commercial firewall product leads a tutorial on intrusion detection and prevention systems. WiFi security is taught by William A. Arbaugh, who along with his students were among the first to identify security flaws in the IEEE 802.11 standard, as well as several proposed fixes to the standard. Radia Perlman, a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems heads a session on network security protocols.

The keynote, "Reflections on a Decade of Pseudonymity," delivered by "Black Unicorn" will discuss the central role notions of identity, reputation, and trust play in security. He'll draw upon his cypherpunk background and studies of the dynamics of money-laundering, black markets, and narcotics smuggling.

From the invited talks, discover why the Internet is too secure already, whether the Internet is the ultimate surveillance network and the realities of physical security. Andy Ellis from Akamai leads a session about how the rules change when your job is defending 13,000 servers. John Ioannidis from AT&T Labs discusses security vulnerabilities in Protecting the Internet Infrastructure. Bill Cheswick, author of one of the most high-regarded security books, "Firewalls and Internet Security" optimistically looks at improvements in Internet security.

Electronic voting and the security requirements and mechanisms for managing U.S. national elections will be examined by a panel of academic experts, government election specialists and voting system manufacturers.

Trusted Computing is revisited in a discussion with panelists Lucky Green and Leendert van Doorn, IBM; William Arbaugh, University of Maryland and Peter Biddle, Microsoft. They'll examine the debate which is shaping up to be a choice between having no secure computer systems and potential damage to established copyright mechanisms and freedom of speech.

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions gathers colleagues with similar interests and the Work-in-Progress reports offer a preview of next year's news.

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12th Annual USENIX Security Symposium
August 4-8, 2003
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

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