The Information Survivability WorkshopsThe Information Survivability Workshops provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, and sponsors to discuss the area of survivability, the nature of the unique (and sometimes not-so-unique) problems associated with survivability, and promising approaches to finding solutions to these problems.
Fourth Information Survivability Workshop (ISW-2001/2002)
"Impediments to Achieving Survivable Systems"
Sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, Technical Committee on Fault Tolerant Computing, with support from the US Department of State and the Canadian Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness
Organized by the CERT Coordination Center, Software Engineering Institute
Vancouver, BC Canada
An emerging discipline, survivability extends the goals of traditional security to encompass concepts, methodologies, and tools that support the ability of a system to continue to fulfill its mission in the presence of attacks, accidents, and failures. The goal is not only to thwart attackers whenever possible, but also to build systems that are robust in the presence of attacks that cannot be completely repelled. Survivability embraces more than security, more than safety, and more than reliability or availability. It is a combination of quality attributes that assures that even if significant portions of a system are compromised, the mission of the network, software, or service will continue.
Survivability requires a holistic or systems approach, while much of the traditional research in the contributing disciplines seems to be narrowly focused on particular aspects of some facet of the problem. As a result, it appears that, while some progress has been made in the contributing disciplines, little progress is being made towards the overall objective. We wish to further explore the reasons for this lack of progress.
ISW-2001/2002 focused on impediments to the design, construction and deployment of survivable systems. It is the opinion of the organizers that these manifest themselves as economic, social, legal and policy issues as well as technical ones and it is our desire to engage participants in a constructive interchange directed towards overcoming these barriers.
Because the information infrastructure has become an inseparable component of other critical infrastructures such as transportation, finance, health care, and power, we seek active participation from professionals and researchers dealing with these systems and their interaction with information infrastructures.
Please send comments to email@example.com