Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education


Final Report on Workshop on Secure Knowledge Management (SMK 2004)

Professors Shambhu Upadhyaya from the University at Buffalo Computer Science and Engineering Department and H. Raghav Rao, from the University at Buffalo School of Management have organized a workshop on Secure Knowledge Management on September 23-24, 2004 at the Buffalo-Niagara Marriott.

The topics included various aspects of security in the context of knowledge management, digital rights management and secure content management.

Since the 9/11 attacks, many organizations, especially the US government, have increased their knowledge about KMS. With the advent of intranets and web-access, it is even more crucial to protect corporate knowledge as numerous individuals have access to assets of a corporation. Therefore, there is a need for effective mechanisms for securing data, information, and knowledge, as well as the applications.

The objective of this workshop in Secure Knowledge Management was to help raise the awareness of academics and practitioners in this critical area of research and motivate questions that are important to the research community. The workshop essentially met its goals by organizing 10 technical sessions, three keynote talks, two plenary sessions, one dinner banquet talk, one luncheon keynote, a high power panel on women and cyber security and a technical poster session. More than 120 people participated in this two day event and exchanged thoughts. Presenters from industry, academia, and government included:

  • Hun Kim, deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division
  • Russell Bessette, Executive Director, New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research and Member, Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee
  • Bhavani Thuraisingham, Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • William K. McQuay, Technical Advisor, Collaborative Simulation Technology and Applications Branch, Information Systems Division, Information Directorate, AFRL, Wright Research Site
  • Margaret (Peg) Grayson, President and CEO, V-One Corporation and Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Council
  • Alan D. Marwick, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, IBM T.J.Watson Research Center
  • Ravi Sandhu, Professor, Department of Information and Software Engineering, George Mason University; Director, Laboratory for Information Security Technology; Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, SingleSignOn.net
  • Andrew Odlyzko, ADC Professor and Assistant VP for Research; Director, Digital Technology Center, University of Minnesota
  • Peter Chen, M. J. Foster Distinguished Chair Professor of Computer Science, Louisiana State University
  • Shiu-Kai Chin, Professor and Director, CASE Center - a NY State Center for Advanced Technology in Information Technology, Syracuse University
  • Bharat Bhargava, Purdue University
  • Akhilesh Tyagi, Iowa State University
  • Johannes Gehrke, Cornell University
  • Shriram Revankar, Xerox Fellow, Xerox Research, Rochester, NY
  • Robert McGraw, National Security Agency.

More details of the workshop along with a picture gallery and copies of all the presentations can be found at: http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/caeiae/skm2004/index.htm.

Sponsors for this workshop included the UB Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education, the National Science Foundation, U.S Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Defense in the form of an infrastructure development grant. For more information contact Professor Shambhu Upadhyaya at shambhu@cse.buffalo.edu


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