Professional Organizations

You may find the following organizations helpful. The first few provide newsletters, training, and conferences. FIRST organizations may be able to provide assistance in an emergency.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

The Association for Computing Machinery is the oldest of the professional computer science organizations. It publishes many scholarly journals and annually sponsors dozens of research and community-oriented conferences and workshops. The ACM also is involved with issues of education, professional development, and scientific progress. It has a number of special interest groups (SIGs) that are concerned with security and computer use. These include the SIGs on Security, Audit, and Control; the SIG on Operating Systems; the SIG on Computers and Society; and the SIG on Software Engineering.

Contact the ACM at:

ACM Headquarters
One Astor Plaza
1515 Broadway
17th Floor
New York, New York 10036-5701
(212) 869-7440

The ACM has an extensive set of electronic resources, including information on its conferences and special interest groups. The information provided through its web site is especially comprehensive and well-organized:

The ACM has a U.S. Public Policy committee that comments on pending legislation affecting security, privacy, and usability. Many of the items it is concerned with should also be of concern to those interested in security. Its web site is at:

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