ACM CCS Conference Highlights Latest Trends and Challenges in Cybersecurity

New York, NY, November 10, 2021 – The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (ACM SIGSAC) will hold its flagship annual conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2021) November 15-19. The conference will be conducted virtually. Now in its 28th year, CCS presents the leading scientific innovations in all practical and theoretical aspects of computer and communications security and privacy.

The conference brings together information security researchers, practitioners, developers, and users from all over the world to explore cutting-edge ideas and results.

This year’s program includes close to 200 research presentations, three keynote talks, 26 posters/demos, and 13 workshops.

CCS 2021 Highlights
Explore the full CCS 2021 program.

“Pseudo-Randomness and the Crystal Ball"
Cynthia Dwork, Harvard University
Establishing the probability non-repeatable events is an important starting point for building any ideal algorithm. Dwork’s talk will introduce Outcome Indistinguishability, a desideratum with roots in complexity theory, and situate it in the context of research on the theory of algorithmic fairness.

“Towards Building a Responsible Data Economy”
Dawn Song, University of California, Berkeley
Song will explore the technologies needed for responsible data use, including secure computing, differential privacy, federated learning, and blockchain technologies for data rights. She will discuss how to combine privacy computing technologies and blockchain to build a platform for a responsible data economy and to enable more responsible use of data that maximizes social welfare and economic efficiency while protecting users’ data rights and enable fair distribution of value created from data.

“Are we done yet? Our journey to fight against memory-safety bugs”
Taesoo Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology and Samsung Research
In his talk, Kim will share his team’s journey to fight against memory-safety bugs at the SSLab at Georgia Tech. This includes participation in the DARPA CGC, DEFCON CTF and pwn2own competitions, future efforts with a promising new memory/thread-safe language, called Rust, and a projection based on finding bugs in the Rust packages.

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The mission of the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control is to develop the information security profession by sponsoring high quality research conferences and workshops. SIGSAC conferences address all aspects of information and system security, encompassing security technologies, secure systems, security applications, and security policies.

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Jim Ormond
ACM Media Relations

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