The initial idea for a conference that would address issues regarding applications of security technology to aerospace programs came from conversations between MITRE employees Harry Sheetz and Fred Tompkins in July of 1984. The idea was supported by MITRE, which became the co-sponsor of the first conference, along with NASA and the IEEE Computer Society. The first General Chairman was Dr. William Bisignani of the MITRE Corporation. The technical program was organized by Frederick G. Tompkins.
The first conference, a one-day affair, was held in March 1985 at the MITRE Corporation facilities in McLean Virginia. The conference attracted about 115 people and was acclaimed by all as a success. The welcome speech was given by Charles A. Zraket, Executive Vice President of MITRE. The Keynote Speaker was Congressman Dan Glickman, who in 1984 had released a report from his Subcommittee on Transportation, Aviation, and Materials entitled Computer and Communications Security and Privacy, which was one of the many government reports documenting the seriousness of computer crime and the lack of government action. The distinguished speaker was Thomas P. Quinn (ASD(C3I)).
Aerospace Computer Security Conference: Protecting Intellectual Property in Space|
Track 1: Operational Concerns|
(Russell Rice, NASA Chairman)
|Track 2: Security Technologies|
(Joel Levy, ORI, Chairman)
This first conference was called the Aerospace Computer Security Conference: Protecting Intellectual Property in Space. The conference had two tracks; one on operational concerns, the other on security technologies. A list of papers from this conference is shown in the sidebar. The proceedings were published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.
The association has the goal of improving the understanding, the theory, and the practice of computer security in both the Federal government and the civil sector. ACSA continues to be the primary sponsor of the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference. The current membership of ACSA (as of Dec. 1994) is:
|NAME||ACSA POSITION||CURRENT EMPLOYER|
|Dr. Marshall Abrams||President and Chairman of the Board||The MITRE Corporation|
|Dr. Ronald Gove||Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Board||Science Applications International Corporation|
|Diana Akers||Recording Secretary||The MITRE Corporation|
|Dr. Gary Smith||Member at Large||ARCA Systems|
|Ann Marmor-Squires||Member at Large||TRW|
|Daniel Faigin||Member at Large||The Aerospace Corporation|
|Victoria Ashby||Member at Large||The MITRE Corporation|
ACSA continues to be committed to serving the community by finding additional approaches for encouraging and facilitating dialogue and technical interchange. ACSA continues to be interested in suggestions from interested professionals and computer security professional organizations on how to achieve these goals.. In 1994, ACSA organized and sponsored the Invitational Workshop on Information Technology Assurance and Trustworthiness. A follow-up workshop is planned for 1995.