NDSS 2018 Call for Papers

The Network and Distributed System Security Symposium fosters
information exchange among researchers and practitioners of network
and distributed system security. The target audience includes those
interested in practical aspects of network and distributed system
security, with a focus on actual system design and implementation. A
major goal is to encourage and enable the Internet community to apply,
deploy, and advance the state of available security technologies.

Technical papers and panel proposals are solicited. All submissions
will be reviewed by the Program Committee and accepted submissions
will be published by the Internet Society in the Proceedings of NDSS
2018. The Proceedings will be made freely accessible from the Internet
Society webpages. Furthermore, permission to freely reproduce all or
parts of papers for noncommercial purposes is granted provided that
copies bear the Internet Society notice included in the first page of
the paper. The authors are therefore free to post the camera-ready
versions of their papers on their personal pages and within their
institutional repositories. Reproduction for commercial purposes is
strictly prohibited and requires prior consent.  Important Dates:

    August 11, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4:00): Full submissions for
      technical papers
    September 18, 2017 (tentative): Early notification for submissions
      rejected in the first round
    October 26, 2017 (tentative): Final notification of acceptance
    February 18 - 21, 2018: NDSS Symposium, San Diego, CA USA

Areas of Interest

Submissions are solicited in, but not limited to, the following areas:

    Anti-malware techniques: detection, analysis, and prevention
    Combating cyber-crime: anti-phishing, anti-spam, anti-fraud techniques
    Security for future Internet architectures and designs (e.g.,
      Software-Defined Networking)
    High-availability wired and wireless networks
    Implementation, deployment and management of network security policies
    Integrating security in Internet protocols: routing, naming,
      network management
    Intrusion prevention, detection, and response
    Network security
    Privacy and anonymity technologies
    Security and privacy for distributed systems, e.g., cryptocurrencies
    Security and privacy in social networks
    Public key infrastructures, key management, certification, and revocation
    Special problems and case studies: e.g., tradeoffs between
      security and efficiency, usability, reliability and cost
    Security for collaborative applications: teleconferencing and
    Security for cloud computing

    Security for emerging technologies:
      sensor/wireless/mobile/personal networks and systems
    Security for future home networks, Internet of Things, body-area networks
    Security for large-scale systems and critical infrastructures
      (e.g., electronic voting, smart grid)
    Security and privacy of systems based on machine learning
    Security for peer-to-peer and overlay network systems
    Security for Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs)
    Security of Web-based applications and services
    Trustworthy Computing mechanisms to secure network protocols and
      distributed systems
    Usable security and privacy 

A note on “fit” for all submissions: NDSS is primarily a venue
focusing on network and systems security. As such, the Program
Committee will be looking for papers that have a clear relation to
real systems and applications. For instance, a paper that makes
significant contributions in an area such as cryptography but that
fails to demonstrably tie those advances to real systems is unlikely
to be accepted.

Review Task Force

The Program Committee has an exceedingly difficult job that demands,
collectively, many thousands of hours of volunteered effort. The goal
of NDSS is to not only select the submissions that are ready for
presentation at this venue, but also to assist the authors of rejected
papers in improving their work as much as possible.

To assist in this process, we are creating a group of senior members
whose sole job is to read reviews across many papers and ensure that
all feedback achieves the following goals: 1) Provide concrete steps
for improving the work; 2) Separate reviewer opinion from demonstrable
technical weakness; and 3) Provide clear citation to work when claims
of novelty are raised. While we make no claims that these changes will
make the peer review process perfect (i.e., very good papers may still
not be selected), we believe that this will help to improve the

Paper Formatting

Technical papers submitted for NDSS should be written in
English. Papers must not exceed 15 pages in total (including the
references and appendices). Papers must be formatted for US letter
size (not A4) paper in a two-column layout, with columns no more than
9.25 in. high and 3.5 in. wide. The text must be in Times font,
10-point or larger, with 11-point or larger line spacing. Authors must
use the NDSS templates. Preliminary versions of these templates can be
found at:
http://www.internetsociety.org/events/ndss-symposium/ndss-templates. These
templates may be updated by 1 July 2017. Submissions must be in
Portable Document Format (.pdf). Authors should pay special attention
to unusual fonts, images, and figures that might create problems for
reviewers. Documents should render correctly in Adobe Reader when
printed in black and white.  Double and Concurrent Submissions

Technical papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference/workshop with proceedings. Double-submission will result in immediate rejection. The Program Committee may share information with other conference chairs and journal editors so as to detect such cases.  

Ethical Considerations

If a paper relates to human subjects, analyzes data derived from human
subjects, may put humans at risk, or might have other ethical
implications or introduce legal issues of potential concern to the
NDSS community, authors should disclose if an ethics review (e.g., IRB
approval) was conducted, and discuss in the paper how ethical and
legal concerns were addressed. If the paper reports a potentially
high-impact vulnerability the authors should discuss their plan for
responsible disclosure. The chairs will contact the authors in case of
major concerns. The Program Committee reserves the right to reject a
submission if insufficient evidence was presented that ethical or
relevant legal concerns were appropriately addressed.

Anonymous Submissions

NDSS implements a double-blind reviewing process. Author names and
affiliations should not appear in the paper. The authors should make a
reasonable effort not to reveal their identities or institutional
affiliation in the text, figures, photos, links, or other data that is
contained in the paper.  Authors’ prior work should be preferably
referred to in the third person; if this is not feasible, the
references should be blinded.  Submissions that violate these
requirements will be rejected without review. The list of authors
cannot be changed after the acceptance decision is made unless
approved by the Program Chairs.  Conflicts of Interest

Authors and Program Committee members are required to indicate any
conflict of interest and its nature. Advisors and advisees, as well as
authors and PC members with an institutional relationship are
considered to share a conflict of interest. Professional
collaborations (irrespective of whether they resulted in a
publication) that occurred in the past 3 years and close personal
relationships equally constitute a conflict of interest. PC members,
including chairs that have a conflict of interest with a paper, will
be entirely excluded from the evaluation of that paper.

The PC Chairs are not allowed to submit to the conference. 

Declaring conflicts of interest in order to prevent submissions from
being reviewed by selected PC members is not allowed and can
constitute grounds for rejection. If authors have concerns about the
fair treatment of their submissions, they should instead contact the
chairs and provide convincing arguments for any special consideration
that they are requesting.  Early Rejection Notification

The review process will consist of several reviewing rounds. In order
to allow authors time to improve their work and submit to other
venues, authors of submissions for which there is a consensus on
rejection will be notified earlier (tentatively by September 18,

Papers that are not accepted as full technical papers may be invited
by the Program Committee to be presented at the conference as short
talks. Extended abstracts of such papers will appear on the Internet
Society website but not in the proceedings. Priority will be given to
papers that have fresh, unconventional ideas.  Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should be one page and must describe the topic,
identify the panel chair, explain the panel format, and list three to
four potential panelists. A description of each panel will appear on
the Internet Society website but not in the proceedings, and may, at
the discretion of the panel chair, include written position statements
from the panelists.  

Submission Site and Contact

Submission instructions will be provided soon. Please check back for
additional details.

PC chair contact: ndss-pc-chair@isoc.org