[Cryptography] Science of Security

dan at geer.org dan at geer.org
Mon Mar 17 17:30:16 EDT 2014

[ The deadline draws nigh --dan ]


The National Security Agency is seeking nominations for the 2013 Annual
Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition. The competition is for
scientific papers that were published between October 1, 2012, and
December 31, 2013, and that show an outstanding contribution to
cybersecurity science. Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014.

The competition was created to stimulate research toward the development
of systems that are resilient to cyber attacks. Entries are judged on
scientific merit, the strength and significance of the work reported,
and the degree to which the papers exemplify how to perform and report
scientific research in cybersecurity.

"This competition supports the greater NSA mission to strengthen and
protect cyber space for our nation," said Dr. Michael Wertheimer, NSA
Director of Research. "It offers a great opportunity to share scientific
methods and it was a remarkable success in its first year."

The winning papers from last year are available at the Cyber-Physical
Systems website, http://cps-vo.org/group/sos/papercompetition.

This year's nominations will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished
experts including:

Dr. Dan Geer, In-Q-Tel
Dr. John McLean, Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Whitfield Diffie, Cybersecurity Advisor
Professor Angela Sasse, University College London
Professor Fred Schneider, Cornell University
Mr. Phillip Venables, Goldman Sachs
Professor David Wagner, University of California at Berkeley
Dr. Jeannette Wing, Microsoft Research

Individual recommendations from the panel will be forwarded to the NSA
Research Directorate, with Dr. Wertheimer making the final decision on
awards. The contest winner and honorable mentions will be announced on
the NSA external web site, www.nsa.gov, and the winner will be invited
to present the winning paper to an audience of cybersecurity experts and
government personnel. For more information regarding the eligibility
criteria, nomination procedures, criteria for judging, and to download
the nomination forms, visit

The NSA/CSS Research Directorate creates breakthroughs in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics. These discoveries enable NSA
to achieve and sustain intelligence advances against immediate and
emerging threats to U.S. national security. Our continuing investment in
a world-class faculty contributes to mission success, bringing the power
of science to securing our nation's future.

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