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USENIX Security Symposium, August 4-8, 2003, Washington, DC, USA
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Welcome Meet & Greet
Sunday, August 3, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Casual Reception
Wednesday, August 6, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Casual Reception
Thursday, August 7, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
Tuesday, August 5, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Lead or attend a BoF! Meet with your peers! Present new work! Don't miss these special activities designed to maximize the value of your time at the conference. The always popular evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. BoFs may be scheduled during the conference at the registration desk or in advance by contacting the USENIX Conference Dept. by email ( BoFs are open to all attendees. Topics are announced at the conference.

Special Microsoft Bof Session
Wednesday, August 6th, 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Code Identity-based Security in the Microsoft Next Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB)

The goal of NGSCB is to develop an enhanced PC platform that offers significant improvements in security, privacy, and robustness. A central NGSCB innovation is incorporation of a code identity-based security model. This model provides the basis for Authenticated Operation, which allows NGSCB to enforce security and isolation between applications and operating system code. The code identity-based security model employs a variety of mechanisms to enable run-time process and memory isolation, secure data storage, and secure I/O. In addition, mechanisms are supported for attesting the identity of running code to remote systems, enabling the creation of new types of distributed applications.

This will be an opportunity to hear from NGSCB development team members about the code identity-based security model and related features. We look forward to an interactive session with discussion of the value of these features in creating a secure, open, and flexible environment for end users and application developers.

Work-in-Progress Reports (WiPs)
Friday, August 8: 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Short, pithy, and fun, Work-in-Progress reports introduce interesting new or ongoing work, and the USENIX audience provides valuable discussion and feedback. If you have work you would like to share or a cool idea that's not quite ready for publication, send a one- or two-paragraph summary to . We are particularly interested in presenting students' work. A schedule of presentations will be posted at the conference, and the speakers will be notified in advance. Work-in-Progress reports are five-minute presentations; the time limit will be strictly enforced.

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