IEEE TDSC Editorial


IEEE TDSC under the leadership of its founding EIC Professor Ravi Iyer, and then under the leadership of two very distinguished EICs, Professor Virgil Gligor and Professor Ravi Sandhu, has established itself as a prestigious publication venue for research in the dependability and security disciplines. During the last three years, under the leadership of Professor Ravi Sandhu, IEEE TDSC has been very successful in increasing the number and quality of published papers. This is reflected in an impact factor for IEEE TDSC of 1.059 (per the 2012 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report, released in June 2013) which sets IEEE TDSC above several other journals in the area of computer and information security. My plan is to continue on this path of excellence and work towards increasing the impact and visibility of IEEE TDSC. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work done by the previous EICs which has resulted in IEEE TDSC becoming a premier venue for security research publication.
IEEE TDSC was founded with the overarching vision that even though the fields of Dependability and Security have originated and have grown separately, there are many synergies between these two disciplines. In the end, the safe and effective use of computer systems requires the use and integration of techniques and methods from both these disciplines. I will continue to foster, as the previous EICs, these synergies. A specific action that I will take will be the organization of a special issue devoted to multidisciplinary research across these two disciplines. I also believe that dependability and security are highly dependent on specific application domains. I thus encourage the submissions of papers that identify and address security requirements arising from novel application domains, such as location-based systems, and pervasive systems, just to name a few. Privacy research will also be an editorial focus as I believe that devising approaches that are secure and dependable and at the same time preserve privacy is a crucial challenge. Actions that I will take include the invitation of papers focusing on novel research perspectives and surveys as well as special issues focusing on specific application domains.
Besides traditional research papers, my plan is also to foster the publication of experimental papers. Prominent database conferences, such as the VLDB Conference, have introduced some years ago a new track for experiments and analyses papers to facilitate in-depth (analytical or empirical) studies and comparisons of existing techniques. In the past, such papers were likely to be rejected for the lack of novel contributions. I believe that it is healthy and necessary for our community to consolidate a mature/maturing research area, and papers that systematically evaluate techniques that shed further insights on their effectiveness are important. I would like to see IEEE TDSC providing an avenue for experimental research in dependability and security. Examples of such experimental research include benchmarks of cryptographic protocol implementations and experimental assessment of defense techniques by benchmarks and testbeds.
I would like to conclude by emphasizing the importance of all the individuals contributing to IEEE TDSC: the associate EIC, the editorial board members, the reviewers, the authors, the IEEE Computer Society staff, and the production crews. Their active contributions and dedication are critical for IEEE TDSC to continue on a success path. I look forward to working with you all.


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IEEE Transaction on Dependable and Secure Computing Editorial Jan.-Feb. 2014 (vol. 11 no. 1) pp. 1