Call for Papers: 3rd Workshop on Security Information Workers (WSIW 2017)

In cooperation with USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, SOUPS 2017 will be co-located with the 2017 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, July 12–14, 2017.

Important Dates

All dates are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time.

  • Workshop paper submission deadline: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 Deadline Extended!
  • Workshop paper acceptance notification to authors: Friday, June 9, 2017
  • Workshop camera-ready papers due: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Workshop Organizers

Organizing Committee

Yasemin Acar, Saarland University
Sascha Fahl, Saarland University
Julie Haney, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Heather Richter Lipford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


The human element is often considered the weakest element in security. Although many kinds of humans interact with systems that are designed to be secure, one particular type of human is especially important, the security information worker. Security information workers include:

  • Software developers, who design and build software that manages and protects sensitive information
  • Security and system administrators, who deploy and manage security-sensitive software and hardware systems
  • IT professionals whose decisions have impact on end users’ security and privacy
  • Intelligence analysts, who collect and analyze data about security matters to understand information and make predictions
  • Security consultants and educators, who provide guidance to individuals and organizations on practicing good security behaviors and implementing security technologies

This workshop aims to develop and stimulate discussion about security information workers. We will consider papers including, but not limited to:

  • Empirical studies of security information workers, including experiments, field studies, and surveys
  • New tools designed to assist security information workers
  • Infrastructure for better understanding security information workers
  • Information visualization and other techniques designed to help security information workers do their jobs
  • Evaluations of tools and techniques for security information workers

Much security research could be considered about security information workers; for instance, tools that automatically find defects in program code could be construed to help software developers. However, successful submissions to this workshop will explicitly be informed by an understanding of how security information workers do their jobs, and the results will explicitly address how we understand security information workers.

We solicit papers from 4-10 pages describing new research contributions in this area, as well as work in progress and preliminary results. The length of the paper should reflect the size of the contribution. Use the SOUPS MS Word or LaTeX templates for submissions. Submissions do not need to be anonymized. Workshop paper presentations will be followed by significant time for discussion and feedback amongst attendees. Submissions may be made using the Web submission form.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 25, 2017.

For more information, see the workshop Web site or email us at