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HotSec '08 Call for Papers

3rd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Security (HotSec '08)
July 29, 2008
San Jose, CA

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

HotSec '08 will be co-located with the 17th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security '08), July 28–August 1, 2008.

Important Dates
Position paper submissions due: May 28, 2008, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Notification of acceptance: June 25, 2008
Final files due: July 14, 2008

Workshop Organizers

Program Chair
Niels Provos, Google

Program Committee
Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania
Martin Casado, Stanford University
Wenke Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology
Patrick McDaniel, Pennsylvania State University
Vern Paxson, ICSI/LBNL
Michalis Polichronakis, FORTH-ICS
Moheeb Rajab, Johns Hopkins University
Tara Whalen, Dalhousie University

Position papers are solicited for the 3rd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Security (HotSec '08).

HotSec is intended as a forum for lively discussion of aggressively innovative and potentially disruptive ideas in all aspects of systems security. Surprising results and thought-provoking ideas will be strongly favored; complete papers with polished results in well-explored research areas are discouraged. Papers will be selected for their potential to stimulate discussion in the workshop.

HotSec '08 will be a one-day event, Tuesday, July 29, 2008, co-located with the 17th USENIX Security Symposium in San Jose, California.

Workshop Format
Attendance will be by invitation only, limited to 35–50 participants, with preference given to the authors of accepted position papers/presentations.

Each author will have 10–15 minutes to present his or her idea, followed by 15–20 minutes of discussion with the workshop participants.

Instructions for Authors
The goal of the workshop is to stimulate discussion of and thinking about aggressive ideas and issues in systems security.

Position papers are expected to fit into one of the following categories:

  • Fundamentally new techniques for and approaches to dealing with current security problems
  • New major problems arising from new technologies that are now being developed or deployed
  • Truly surprising results that cause rethinking of previous approaches
While our goal is to solicit ideas that are not completely worked out, we expect submissions to be supported by some evidence of feasibility or preliminary quantitative results.

Possible topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Secure operation, management, and event response of/for ultra-large-scale systems
  • Designing secure large-scale systems and networks
  • Self-organizing and self-protecting systems
  • Security assurance for non-expert users
  • Approaches and technologies to improve security in programming
  • Balancing security and privacy/anonymity
  • Interactions between security technology and public policy

Submission Instructions
Submitted position papers must be no longer than six (6) single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references. Author names and affiliations should appear on the title page.

Submissions must be in PDF and must be submitted via the Web submission form.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 25, 2008. Authors of accepted papers will produce a final PDF and the equivalent HTML by July 14, 2008. All papers will be available online to participants prior to the workshop and will be generally available online after the workshop.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, and plagiarism constitute dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the recommendation of a program chair, take action against authors who have committed them. In some cases, program committees may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the integrity of papers under consideration. If a violation of these principles is found, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, barring the authors from submitting to or participating in USENIX conferences for a set period, contacting the authors' institutions, and publicizing the details of the case.

Note, however, that we expect that many position papers accepted for HotSec '08 will eventually morph into finished, full papers presented at future conferences.

Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX's guidelines should contact the workshop organizers at or the USENIX office,

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication in the Proceedings.

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