IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
Call For Papers

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Since 1980, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has been the premier forum for computer security research, presenting the latest developments and bringing together researchers and practitioners.

We solicit previously unpublished papers offering novel research contributions in any aspect of computer security or privacy. Papers may present advances in the theory, design, implementation, analysis, verification, or empirical evaluation of secure systems.

Topics of interest include:
Access control Anonymity
Application security Attacks and defenses
Authentication Censorship and censorship-resistance
Distributed systems security Embedded systems security
Forensics Hardware security
Intrusion detection Malware
Metrics Language-based security
Network security Privacy-preserving systems
Protocol security Recovery
Secure information flow Security and privacy policies
Security architectures System security
Usability and security Web security
This topic list is not meant to be exhaustive; S&P is interested in all aspects of computer security and privacy. Papers without a clear application to security or privacy, however, will be considered out of scope and may be rejected without full review. See below for detailed submission instructions.

Systematization of Knowledge Papers. In addition to the standard research papers, we are also soliciting papers this year focused on systematization of knowledge. The goal of this call is to encourage work that evaluates, systematizes, and contextualizes existing knowledge. These papers will provide a high value to our community but would otherwise not be accepted because they lack novel research contributions. Suitable papers include survey papers that provide useful perspectives on major research areas, papers that support or challenge long-held beliefs with compelling evidence, or papers that provide an extensive and realistic evaluation of competing approaches to solving specific problems. Submissions will be distinguished by a checkbox on the submission form. They will be reviewed by the full PC and held to the same standards as traditional research papers, except instead of emphasizing novel research contributions the emphasis will be on value to the community. Accepted papers will be presented at the symposium and included in the proceedings. [Answers to Frequently Asked Questions]

Program Committee


The Symposium is also soliciting submissions for colocated workshops. Workshop proposals should be sent by Friday, 21 August 2009 by email to Carrie Gates ( Workshops may be half-day or full-day in length. Submissions should include the workshop title, a short description of the topic of the workshop, and biographies of the organizers.

Important Dates
All deadlines are 23:59 PST (UTC-8). Absolutely no extensions!

Workshop proposals due: Friday, 21 August 2009
Research papers due: Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Systematization of Knowledge papers due: Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Acceptance notification: 1 February 2010
Final papers due: 5 March 2010

Instructions for Paper Submission
These instructions apply to both the research papers and systematization of knowledge papers.

All submissions must be original work and must precisely document any overlap with previously published or simultaneously submitted papers from any of the authors. Simultaneous submission of the same paper to another venue with proceedings or a journal is not allowed. Failure to clearly document such overlaps will lead to automatic rejection.

Submission Server. Papers should be submitted using the conference submission server:
Research papers:
SoK papers:
Submissions may be started now, and updated at any time until the submission deadline expires.

Anonymous Submission. Papers must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and papers should avoid revealing their identity in the text. When referring to your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were written by someone else. Only blind the reference itself in the (unusual) case that a third-person reference is infeasible. Contact the program chairs if you have any questions. Papers that are not properly anonymized may be rejected without review.

Page Limit and Formatting. Papers must not exceed 15 pages total (including the references and appendices). Papers must be formatted for US letter (not A4) size paper with margins of at least 3/4 inch on all sides. The text must be formatted in a two-column layout, with columns no more than 9 in. high and 3 1/4 in. wide [revised: 3.375in is okay, see Note]. The text must be in Times font, 10-point or larger, with 12-point or larger line spacing. Authors are encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates found at: [Note]

Submission Format. Papers should be submitted in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Authors should pay special attention to unusual fonts, images, and figures that might create problems for reviewers. Your document should render correctly in Adobe Reader 9 and when printed in black and white.

Publication and Presentation. Authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate publication clearances; authors of accepted papers are expected to sign IEEE copyright release forms. One of the authors of the accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the conference.

Submissions received after the submission deadline or failing to conform to the submission guidelines risk rejection without review.

For more information, contact the Program Co-Chairs at:

There will be a poster session at an evening reception during the conference. Posters are solicited that present recent and ongoing research on topics related to security and privacy. The poster session is an excellent opportunity to obtain feedback on ongoing work. More information on poster submissions will be available on the conference website soon.

Carrie Gates is chair of the poster session.

Work-In-Progress Talks
A continuing feature of the symposium is a session of 5-minute talks where attendees can present preliminary research results and new ideas. More information on work-in-progress talk submissions will be available on the conference website soon.