Announcement of Upcoming Changes to the USENIX Security Symposium

The security community has experienced unprecedented growth over the past fifteen years. The USENIX Security Symposium is now one of the largest and most diverse communities for researchers, practitioners, system administrators, system programmers, and many more across all of computer science.

As our community evolves, so too should our conferences. With submission numbers continuing to increase and the vast range of research areas that are welcomed continuing to expand, we believe that some important changes to the ways in which papers are submitted and accepted are crucial to ensuring that USENIX Security continues to meet the needs of our community. With input from a wide range of stakeholders and approval from the USENIX Security Steering Committee, we have put forward a new model for the conference.

In short, in 2019 the USENIX Security Symposium will move to quarterly (i.e., 4x yearly) submission deadlines, with a journal-inspired revision process. We believe that this model will not only dramatically improve the papers accepted by the conference, but will also make our community more inviting by improving the quality of mentorship provided by our Program Committees.

The first USENIX Security '19 submission deadline is November 15, 2018. The second submission deadline will be February 15, 2019. A full schedule will be available soon on the USENIX Security '19 website. For additional information about our plans for 2019 and beyond, please see the USENIX Security Publication Model Changes web page. We also encourage you to attend the community meeting with the USENIX Security Steering Committee and us on Wednesday, August 15, at 7:30 pm, at USENIX Security '18.

We look forward to the USENIX Security Symposium continuing and expanding its role as the flagship venue for systems security research. More importantly, we look forward to your participation in and feedback on this experiment.


Nadia Heninger
University of Pennsylvania
Patrick Traynor
University of Florida

28th USENIX Security Symposium Program Co-Chairs