The USENIX Security Symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, system administrators, system programmers, and others interested in the latest advances in the security and privacy of computer systems and networks. The 28th USENIX Security Symposium will be held August 14–16, 2019, in Santa Clara, CA.
Important: The USENIX Security Symposium is moving to multiple submission deadlines for USENIX Security '19. This change includes changes to the review process and submission policies. Detailed information is available at USENIX Security Publication Model Changes.
All researchers are encouraged to submit papers covering novel and scientifically significant practical works in computer security. There will be two quarterly submission deadlines for USENIX Security ’19. The fall quarter submissions deadline is Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:00 pm PST. The winter quarter submissions deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019, 5:00 pm PST. The Symposium will span three days with a technical program including refereed papers, invited talks, posters, panel discussions, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. Co-located events will precede the Symposium on August 12 and 13.
Fall Quarter Deadline
- Refereed paper submissions due: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:00 pm PST
- Early reject notification: Friday, December 14, 2018
- Author responses due: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
- Notification to authors: Friday, January 18, 2019
- Final papers due: Monday, February 18, 2019, 9:00 pm PST
Winter Quarter Deadline
- Refereed paper submission due: Friday, February 15, 2019, 5:00 pm PST
- Early reject notification: Thursday, March 21, 2019
- Author responses due: Tuesday March 26, 2019
- Notification to authors: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
- Final papers due: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 pm PDT
- Invited talk and panel proposals due: Friday, February 15, 2019, 5:00 pm PST
- Poster proposals due: Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 9:00 pm PDT
- Notification to poster presenters: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
- Lightning Talks submissions due: Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 12:00 pm PDT
Invited Talks Chair
Invited Talks Committee
Lightning Talks Chair
Poster Session Chair
Test of Time Awards Committee
Refereed paper submissions are solicited in all areas relating to systems research in security and privacy, including but not limited to:
- System security
- Operating systems security
- Web security
- Mobile systems security
- Distributed systems security
- Cloud computing security
- Network security
- Intrusion and anomaly detection and prevention
- Network infrastructure security
- Denial-of-service attacks and countermeasures
- Wireless security
- Security analysis
- Malware analysis
- Analysis of network and security protocols
- Attacks with novel insights, techniques, or results
- Forensics and diagnostics for security
- Automated security analysis of hardware designs and implementation
- Automated security analysis of source code and binaries
- Program analysis
- Data-driven security and measurement studies
- Measurements of fraud, malware, spam
- Measurements of human behavior and security
- Privacy-enhancing technologies and anonymity
- Usable security and privacy
- Language-based security
- Hardware security
- Secure computer architectures
- Embedded systems security
- Methods for detection of malicious or counterfeit hardware
- Side channels
- Research on surveillance and censorship
- Social issues and security
- Research on computer security law and policy
- Ethics of computer security research
- Research on security education and training
- Applications of cryptography
- Analysis of deployed cryptography and cryptographic protocols
- Cryptographic implementation analysis
- New cryptographic protocols with real-world applications
This topic list is not meant to be exhaustive; USENIX Security is interested in all aspects of computing systems 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.
Papers that have been formally reviewed and accepted will be presented during the Symposium and published in the Symposium Proceedings. By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will attend the conference to present it. If the conference registration fee will pose a hardship for the presenter of the accepted paper, please contact email@example.com.
A major mission of the USENIX Association is to provide for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. In keeping with this and as part of USENIX’s open access policy, the Proceedings will be available online for registered attendees before the Symposium and for everyone starting on the opening day of the technical sessions. USENIX also allows authors to retain ownership of the copyright in their works, requesting only that USENIX be granted the right to be the first publisher of that work. See our sample consent form for the complete terms of publication.
Go to Paper Submission Policies and Instructions page for more information.
Invited Talks, Panels, Poster Session, and BoFs
In addition to the refereed papers and the keynote presentation, the technical program will include invited talks, panel discussions, a poster session, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs). You are invited to make suggestions regarding topics or speakers in any of these sessions via email to the contacts listed below or to the program co-chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invited Talks and Panel Discussions
Invited talks and panel discussions will be held in parallel with the refereed paper sessions. Please submit topic suggestions and talk and panel proposals via email to email@example.com by Friday, February 15, 2019, 5:00 pm PST.
Would you like to share a provocative opinion, an interesting preliminary work, or a cool idea that will spark discussion at this year’s USENIX Security Symposium? The poster session is the perfect venue to introduce such new or ongoing work. Poster presenters will have the entirety of the evening reception to discuss their work, get exposure, and receive feedback from attendees.
To submit a poster, please submit a draft of your poster, in PDF (maximum size 36" by 48"), or a one-page abstract via the poster session submission form, by Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 9:00 pm PDT. Decisions will be made by Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Posters will not be included in the proceedings but may be made available online if circumstances permit. Poster submissions must include the authors’ names, affiliations, and contact information. At least one author of each accepted poster must register for and attend the Symposium to present the poster.
Poster authors are optionally encouraged to prepare their posters using the Better Posters template by Mike Morrison, available at https://osf.io/ef53g/. This initiative was recently featured by National Public Radio (https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/06/11/729314248/to-save-the-science-poster-researchers-want-to-kill-it-and-start-over), and more information is also available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RwJbhkCA58.
We will host a Lightning Talks session (also previously known as Work-in-Progress/Rump session) on the evening of Wednesday, August 14, 2019. This is intended as an informal session for short and engaging presentations on recent unpublished results, work in progress, or other topics of interest to the USENIX Security attendees. As in the past, talks do not always need to be serious and funny talks are encouraged! This year, USENIX will generously sponsor awards for the most engaging talks. Bragging rights and small cash prizes can be yours for a great talk! For full consideration, submit your lightning talk via the lighting talk submission form through July 27, 2019. Only talks submitted by this deadline will be considered for the awards. You can continue submitting talks through HotCRP, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org until Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 12:00 pm PDT.
Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. BoFs often feature a presentation or a demonstration followed by discussion, announcements, and the sharing of strategies. BoFs can be scheduled on site or in advance. To schedule a BoF, please send email to the USENIX Conference Department at email@example.com with the title and a brief description of the BoF; the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the facilitator; and your preference of date and time.