15th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference
December 6-10, 1999
Phoenix, Arizona

Issues 1999:
Multimedia and Security Special Workshop

Chair: Dr. Harvey H. Rubinovitz

Tuesday, 7 December 1999, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cost: Free

In recent years the amount of information transferred across the Internet has increased immensely. People are taking advantage of multimedia applications to view shared electronic publishing of digital content in the form of digital repositories and libraries, video and audio, magazines and newspapers. Since digital data can be copied any number of times without loss of information, some means for securing the data is necessary to prevent the misuse and theft of material since copyright laws alone are not sufficient. Security issues such as evidence of authorship, robustness of algorithms, short-term success due to limitations in encryption technologies, and copyright protection need to be addressed.

During the past few years the security community has taken a greater interest in possible technologies used for protecting multimedia objects. Digital watermarking techniques can be used to embed an imperceptible secure labeling directly within the document. The watermark should not be modified or removed unless the document is altered to the point of losing much detail from the original source. Watermarks can be classified as private or public. Private watermarks are only accessible with the private information used to create the initial watermark. Public watermarks may be examined and viewed by anyone.

This workshop will focus on digital watermark technologies to protect copyrighted materials. Presentations will draw upon aspects of implementation, deploying, and management experiences from technologies used to protect digital multimedia content.

Previous participants have agreed that past workshops have provided a useful and exciting forum for members of the standards and software development worlds to exchange ideas, opinions, and concerns. Due to community interest in multimedia and security technologies, this year's workshop should generate much discussion.

The ACM's Special Interest Group on Security, Audit, and Control (SIGSAC) is sponsoring this workshop. Preregistration is requested although there is no charge for workshop registration. Lunch is not provided. Position papers are encouraged and will be published in the SIGSAC Review. To register, contact Harvey Rubinovitz, Workshop Chair, The MITRE Corporation, M/S B305, 202 Burlington Road, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, (781) 271-3076, hhr@mitre.org.

Note: Lunch is provided with all tutorials, but NOT with the Issues 1999 Workshop.