Keynote Speaker

Ravi Sandhu

Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Institute for Cyber Security (ICS)
Professor of Computer Science
University of Texas at San Antonio

Title: Attribute-Based Access Control: Insights and Challenges

Abstract: Since about 2010 there has been considerable growth of interest among cyber security researchers and practitioners in attribute-based access control (ABAC). The Institute of Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio has pursued this area intensively. This talk will present a personal perspective on the insights obtained by the Institute's research, as well as research from other groups working on this topic. The talk will identify some challenges in research as well as practical deployments of ABAC.

Bio: Ravi Sandhu is Executive Director of the Institute for Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he holds the Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in Cyber Security. Previously he served on the faculty at George Mason University (1989-2007) and Ohio State University (1982-1989). He holds BTech and MTech degrees from IIT Bombay and Delhi, and MS and PhD degrees from Rutgers University. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM and AAAS, and has received awards from IEEE, ACM, NSA and NIST. A prolific and highly cited author, his research has been funded by NSF, NSA, NIST, DARPA, AFOSR, ONR, AFRL and private industry. His seminal papers on role-based access control established it as the dominant form of access control in practical systems. His numerous other models and mechanisms have also had considerable real-world impact. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, and previously as founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information and System Security. He was Chairman of ACM SIGSAC, and founded the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, the ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies and the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy. He has served as General Chair, Steering Committee Chair, Program Chair and Committee Member for numerous security conferences. He has consulted for leading industry and government organizations, and has lectured all over the world. He is an inventor on 30 security technology patents and has accumulated over 28,000 Google Scholar citations for his papers. At the Institute for Cyber Security his research projects include attribute-based access control, secure cloud computing, secure information sharing, social computing security, and secure data provenance. His web site is at