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Call for Papers
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USENIX Security '08 Call for Papers


In addition to the refereed papers and the keynote presentation, the technical program will include a training program, invited talks, panel discussions, a poster session, a Work-in-Progress session (WiPs), 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 chair at

Training Program
Tutorials for both technical staff and managers will provide immediately useful, practical information on topics such as local and network security precautions, what cryptography can and cannot do, security mechanisms and policies, firewalls, and monitoring systems. If you are interested in proposing a tutorial or suggesting a topic, contact the USENIX Education Director, Dan Klein, by email to

Invited Talks
There will be several outstanding invited talks in parallel with the refereed papers. Please submit topic suggestions and talk proposals via email to by Friday, February 1, 2008.

Panel Discussions
The technical sessions may include topical panel discussions. Please send topic suggestions and proposals to The deadline for panel proposals is Tuesday, April 1, 2008.

Poster Session
Would you like to share a provocative opinion, 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 send a 1–5 page proposal, in PDF or PostScript, to by Friday, June 13, 2008. Decisions will be made by Monday, June 23, 2008.

Work-in-Progress Reports (WiPs)
One session of the Symposium will consist of Work-in-Progress reports (WiPs). This session offers short presentations about research in progress, new results, or timely topics. This is not the place to re-announce work already published, or re-advertise work already accepted at another venue. Speakers should submit a one- or two-paragraph abstract to by 6:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Make sure to include your name affiliation and the title of your talk. The schedule of presentations and accepted abstracts will be posted on the Symposium Web site. The time available will be distributed among the presenters, with each speaker allocated between 5 and 10 minutes. The time limit will be strictly enforced.

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 preschedule a BoF, please send email to the USENIX Conference Department at 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.

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