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About the Workshop Series
The Sustainable Computing
Consortium in collaboration with the School of Computer Science, the
Heinz School of Public Policy, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering 3C Center at
Carnegie Mellon University, is pleased to present the Sustainability Workshop Series
focusing on issues of improving the reliability of computer systems. These Workshops have
been designed to help improve the national information technology infrastructure, as well
as information technology productivity, by identifying what realistically can be
implemented in the short term, and the long-term issues that need to be addressed.
will include setting realistic short- and long-term goals for improving the information technology
infrastructure. Focused on new, best-of-breed deployable solutions, and the
hard problems of computer reliability, the Workshops will bring together
technology providers and IT policy planners and executives. They will focus on setting
realistic goals and dealing head on with difficult problems by involving decision-makers
at all levels.
Who Should Attend?
at the Workshop Series is for those responsible for implementing information technology
security, reducing corporate risk, and creating trust based on reliable, secure
environments. This includes representatives from Industry, Government, and Academics such
Executives and CIOs, Security Program Managers, Marketing Executives, Enterprise
Architects and Key Researchers. Those Executives responsible for delivering information
technology products should also attend to stay current with the overall direction being
taken in computer system reliability.
Workshop Series Program 2003
Workshop Series Program 2002
About the Sustainable Computing Consortium
Information Technology is fast
approaching money itself as the medium through which all commerce
passes. Furthermore, it
is the foundation for many critical systems on which industry depends, such as
communications, transportation, and electrical power. A variety of specific examples
establish sustainability as a critical business issue:
Recent estimates suggest that
defective computer systems cost US companies over
$200 billion annually.
According to the CERT
Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon, the number of
software vulnerabilities and
security incidents more than doubled in 2001 to 52,658.
These estimates represent only 20%
of the actual number of incidents.
Nearly all of the major IT
vendors are now emphasizing dependability as a primary
attribute of their systems. But
terms like Dependability, Quality, and Security have
been primarily defined in marketing terms rather than as technical values. The
combined efforts will greatly advance our ability to measure, improve and assure such
Increased demand for
interoperability and higher levels of customization and configuration make it difficult
for a solution to be derived without contributions from all key stakeholders.
The problem is complex and
multifaceted, crossing disciplinary boundaries, and
requires combined solutions to the
technical, economic, legal, and policy challenges facing IT users and suppliers.
Infrastructure dependability is
an urgent national focus and many of the most
challenging risks are in software.
Important software-related legal
and policy discussions are now underway that
require a broader understanding of
the underlying economic and technical issues.
For the national economy and, in particular, the information
technology industry, the dearth of trusted reliable, secure information systems is a
barrier to future growth.
National Strategy to Secure
September 18, 2002
Membership in the Consortium
Working in a highly interdisciplinary environment on one of the most
technologically sophisticated campuses in the world, membership in the Sustainable Computing
Consortium is a great opportunity to take advantage of this world-class resource.
By becoming a Member of the
Consortium, youll receive the following benefits:
Access to technologies to
measure and enhance computing infrastructure sustainability. Members are entitled to a
non-exclusive, internal-use license for the intellectual created by the SCC
Participation in the
creation of dependability and security standards.
Access to the worlds
leading thinkers on information technology, economics and policy.
Access to the members-only Web site containing information on events,
technologies, software releases, working groups, forums, mailing lists, news and
right to use the SCC logo on Web sites and to participate in SCC press releases,
identifying the member as aggressively pursuing the attainment of high levels of
Guaranteed participation in all workshops
Membership is open to all
organizations interested in achieving order-of-magnitude improvements in dependability and
security. For more information on SCC membership please contact (412) 268-8356 or visit:
For more information on becoming a Sponsor of the Consortium, please
contact John Bourgein at (925) 376-8772 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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