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 28August 1, 2008.
Position paper submissions due: May 28, 2008, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Notification of acceptance: June 25, 2008
Final files due: July 14, 2008
Niels Provos, Google
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.
Attendance will be by invitation only, limited to 3550 participants,
with preference given to the authors of accepted position
Each author will have 1015 minutes to present his or her idea,
followed by 1520 minutes of discussion with the workshop
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:
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.
- 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
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the USENIX office, email@example.com.
Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication in the Proceedings.