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2007 ACM SIGSAC Innovation and Service Awards


The Association for Computing Machinery

Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

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Abadi and Jajodia Cited for Contributions to Authentication Research and the Information Security Community

NEW YORK –  December 13, 2007 -- ACM's Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) has awarded its top honors to Dr. Martín Abadi of Microsoft Research and the University of California Santa Cruz, and Dr. Sushil Jajodia of George Mason University for their contributions to advancing and understanding the use of computer security technologies.  Dr. Abadi received the SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award for fundamental contributions in applying logic and provability to information security.   Dr. Jajodia  received the SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award for his research and teaching contributions to the information security field and his service to ACM SIGSAC and the computing community.

         Dr. Abadi made key contributions to authentication in distributed computer systems, and to the design and analysis of security protocols for authentication.  His published research has initiated entirely new productive directions that have attracted the contributions of researchers all over the world.  A Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and professor of computer science at UC Santa Cruz, he worked at Digital Equipment Corporation's System Research Center as well as other industrial labs.

         Dr. Abadi served as program chair for the ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, and the IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of the ACM and ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems as well as several other journals.  Earlier this year, he received the ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) Hall of Fame Award for some of his early work on authentication.  He was awarded a Ph.D from Stanford University in 1987.

         Dr. Jajodia has made fundamental contributions to access control, information flow, multilevel security, and critical infrastructure protection. In 1990, he established the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University to provide a dedicated environment for the development of expertise in theoretical and applied aspects of information security.  It was the first center of its kind at a U. S. university.  Dr. Jajodia is the founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computer Security,  and a past editor of ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.  A past chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit, and Control (SIGSAC), he contributed to the expansion of the ACM Computer and Communications Security (CCS) conference, the flagship SIGSAC conference with the introduction of workshops, tutorials and parallel tracks.

         Dr. Jajodia received a PhD from the University of Oregon, Eugene in 1977. He is University Professor, BDM International Professor of Information Technology, and director of the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  Previously, he served as director of the Database and Expert Systems Program at the National Science Foundation, and headed the Database and Distributed Systems Section at the Naval Research Laboratory.

         The awards, which each carry a $1,000 prize, were presented at the SIGSAC Computer and Communications Security Conference in Alexandria, VA in November.

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is an educational and scientific society uniting the world’s computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.


SIGSAC, the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control sponsors research conferences and workshops on security technologies, systems, applications, and policies. Technology topics include access control, assurance, authentication, cryptography, intrusion detection, penetration techniques, risk analysis, and secure protocols. These technologies apply to operating systems, database systems, networks and distributed systems, and middleware. Applications for these systems are critical to the operation of information and workflow systems, electronic cash and commerce, copyright and intellectual property protection, telecommunications systems, and healthcare. These applications provide confidentiality, integrity, availability, privacy, and survivability policies that benefit science, business and society.

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