Call for Papers 3rd International Workshop on Quality of Protection (QoP 2007) Affiliated with ACM CCS October 29, 2007 Alexandria, VA, USA --------------------------------------------------------------------- WORKSHOP OVERVIEW In the last few decades, Information Security has gained numerous standards, industrial certifications, and risk analysis methodologies. However, the field still lacks the strong, quantitative, measurement-based assurance that we find in other fields. For example, Networking researchers have created and utilize Quality of Service (QoS), Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and performance evaluation metrics. Empirical Software Engineering has made similar advances with software metrics: processes to measure the quality and reliability of software exist and are appreciated in industry. Security looks different. Even a fairly sophisticated standard such as ISO17799 has an intrinsically qualitative nature. Notions such as Security Metrics, Quality of Protection (QoP) or Protection Level Agreement (PLA) have surfaced in the literature, but they still have a qualitative flavor. Furthermore, many recorded security incidents have a non-IT cause. As a result, security requires a much wider notion of "system" than do most other fields in computer science. In addition to the IT infrastructure, the "system" in security includes users, work processes, and organizational structures. The goal of the QoP Workshop is to help security research progress towards a notion of Quality of Protection in Security comparable to the notion of Quality of Service in Networking, Software Reliability, or Software Measurements and Metrics in Empirical Software Engineering. SUBMISSION TOPICS Original submissions are solicited from industry and academic experts to presents their work, plans and views related to Quality of Protection. The topics of interest include but are not limited to: * Industrial experience * Security risk analysis * Security metrics * Reliability analysis * Security quality assurance * Measurement-based decision making and risk management * Empirical assessment of security architectures and solutions * Mining data from attack and vulnerability repositories * Measurement theory * Formal theories of security metrics * Security measurement & monitoring * Experimental validation of models * Simulation & statistical analysis * Stochastic modeling IMPORTANT DATES * June 6, 2007 (Wed) - Submissions due * July 20, 2007 (Fri) - Authors notified * August 22, 2007 (Wed) - Camera-ready papers due (firm deadline) * October 29, 2007 (Mon) - Workshop PUBLICATION Authors of accepted papers will be expected to give full presentations at the workshop. The proceedings of the workshop will be published by the ACM; it will have an ISBN number and be included in the ACM digital library. PAPER SUBMISSION Original research papers are solicited in any of the above mentioned topics describing significant research results. Preliminary research results can be submitted in the form of short papers. We also solicit industry experience reports about the use of security measurements and metrics in industrial environments. Industry papers should have at least one author from industry or government, and will be considered for their industrial relevance. All papers should be based on sound theory or experimental assessment. Experimental assessments must contain an explanation of the methodology. Authors should use the ACM SIG proceedings template when preparing their submission. The page limit for the final proceedings version will be 6 pages in double-column ACM format; short papers are limited to 3 pages. Only PDF or PS files are accepted. PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS Guenter Karjoth - IBM Research (CH) Ketil Stoelen - SINTEF (NO) ORGANIZATION CHAIR Andy Ozment - University of Cambridge (UK) PROGRAM COMMITTEE The program committee is still being selected, but current members include: Alessandro Acquisti - Carnegie Mellon University (USA) Guenter Bitz - SAP (DE) Virgil D. Gligor - University of Maryland (USA) Dieter Gollmann- TU Hamburg-Harburg (DE) Erland Jonsson - Chalmers University of Technology (SW) Audun Josang - Queensland University (AU) Yucel Karabulut - SAP Research Palo Alto (US) Volkmar Lotz - SAP (FR) Fabio Massacci - University of Trento (IT) David M. Nicol - University of Illinois (USA) Andy Ozment - University of Cambridge (UK) Eduardo Fernandez-Medina Paton - University of Castilla-La Mancha (SP) Tomas Sander - HP Labs (USA) Peter Schoo - DoCoMo EuroLabs (DE) Santosh Shrivastava - University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) Vipin Swarup - The MITRE Corporation (USA) Nicola Zannone - University of Trento (IT) PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS * QoP 2006 was affiliated with the 13th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS 2006). The Proceedings of QoP 2006 are available from the ACM. * QoP 2005 was affiliated with the 10th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2005) and the 11th IEEE International Software Metrics Symposium (METRICS 2005). The revised Proceedings of QoP 2005 are available from Springer.