NDSS 2019 Call for Papers

The Network and Distributed System Security Symposium is a top venue
that 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
2019. 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 7, 2018 11:59PM EDT: Full submissions for technical papers

October 2, 2018 (tentative): Early notification for submissions
rejected in the first round

October 2-4, 2018: Author rebuttal period for papers advancing to the
second round

November 6, 2018 (tentative): Final notification of acceptance/rejection

February 24-27, 2019: 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
    Cyber-crime defense and forensics (e.g., anti-phishing,
      anti-blackmailing, anti-fraud techniques)
    Security for future Internet architectures and designs (e.g.,
    Software-Defined Networking)
    Implementation, deployment and management of network security policies
    Integrating security in network protocols (e.g., routing, naming,
      and management)
    Cyber attack (e.g., APTs, botnets, DDoS) prevention, detection,
      investigation, and response
    Software/firmware analysis, customization, and transformation for
      systems security
    Privacy and anonymity in networks and distributed systems
    Security and privacy for blockchains and cryptocurrencies
    Public key infrastructures, key management, certification, and revocation
    Security for cloud/edge computing
    Security and privacy of mobile/smartphone platforms
    Security for cyber-physical systems (e.g., autonomous vehicles,
      industrial control systems)
    Security for emerging networks (e.g., home networks, IoT,
      body-area networks, VANETs)
    Security for large-scale, critical infrastructures (e.g.,
      electronic voting, smart grid)
    Security and privacy of systems based on machine learning and AI
    Security of Web-based applications and services (e.g., social
      networking, crowd-sourcing)
    Special problems and case studies: e.g., tradeoffs between
      security and efficiency, usability, cost, and ethics
    Usable security and privacy
    Trustworthy Computing software and hardware to secure networks and
      distributed systems

A special 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 (PC) 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

To assist in this process, we are creating a group of senior PC
members who will 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
process.  Paper Formatting

Technical papers submitted for NDSS should be written in
English. Papers must not exceed 15 pages in total (including
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. 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

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. The PC Chairs reserve the right to
request additional explanation for a declared conflict. 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

The review process will consist of two 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 (on October 2, 2018).

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.

Submissions of papers

The submission site will begin accepting submissions on Friday 6 July
2018. The site will be: https://ndss19.hotcrp.com/

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