ACSA had its genesis in the first Aerospace
Computer Security Applications Conference in 1985. That conference
was a success and evolved into the Annual Computer Security Applications
Conference (ACSAC). Several
years ago the "Aerospace" was dropped from the name
to promote a wider range of government and commercial applications.
ACSA was incorporated in 1987 as a small, non-profit association
of computer security professionals who have a common goal of improving
the understanding, the theory, and the practice of computer security.
ACSA continues to be the primary sponsor of the annual conference.
In 1989, ACSA began the Distinguished Lecture
Series at the annual conference. Each year an outstanding computer
security professional is invited to present a lecture of current
topical interest to the security community. Past Distinguished
Lecture speakers have included Stephen T. Walker, Dorothy Denning,
Willis Ware, James P. Anderson, H. O. Lubbes, and Marcus J. Ranum.
In 1991, ACSA
began a Best-Paper by a Student Award at the annual conference.
This award is intended to encourage active student participation
in the annual conference. The Distinguished Lecturer and the award
winning student author receive an honorarium and all expenses
to the conference.
ACSA continues to be committed to serving the security community by finding additional approaches for encouraging and facilitating dialogue and technical interchange. ACSA is always interested in suggestions from interested professionals and computer security professional organizations on how to achieve these goals.