This award sponsors undergraduate and graduate student attendance at the 27th ACSAC, to be held December 5-9 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The ACSAC conference is a top-tier academic security conference which attracts about 200 highly skilled security professional attendees per year. ACSAC regularly brings together leading minds in academic, governmental and commercial computer security to address the most pressing problems in applied computer security and to discuss seminal works in Computer Security. In addition to keynote Invited Essays and Distinguished Practitioner talks), ACSAC includes a "Classic Papers" series, in which two or three authors of seminal papers in computer security are invited to update those papers and present lessons learned. These papers, available free on the ACSAC web site, familiarize a new generation of students with key security research developments of the past, and provide a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate instruction. Supported students have an opportunity to meet and interact with notable figures at the conference.
The 27th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) was held Dec 5-9 in Orlando FL. Over 270 attendees from 30 countries attended five days of tutorials, workshops, panels, keynote speeches, and refereed papers. Among the 270 attendees were about 75 students. ACSAC is a highly selective security conference. Of over 200 papers submitted, fewer than 40 were accepted for inclusion in the conference and publication in the proceedings. NSF funding allowed ACSAC to provide sponsorship (registration fees and partial travel support) to US students whose home institutions were unable to provide funding, representing: University of Central Florida New Mexico Tech Purdue University Florida Institute of Technology University of Louisville Rochester Institute of Technology University of Pittsburgh University of Illinois Georgia Tech University of California Santa Barbara Georgetown University Kansas State University Arizona State University Vanderbilt University University of North Carolina at Charlotte Stony Brook University ACSAC also provided funding from general registration fees for non-US students from Canada, China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sweden who received financial support to participate in the conference. An additional 30 students received discounted registration fees, paid by ACSAC from general registration fees. The winner of this year's Best Student Paper award, who attends Kansas State University, also received travel support from ACSAC, as well as an honoraria. In short, students are an integral part of the ACSAC community. They are encouraged to interact with speakers and experienced government and industry experts through sessions, luncheons, and receptions. ACSAC appreciates NSF support in allowing us to expand our historical support for student participation in the conference.