40th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
MAY 20-22, 2019 

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security
and Privacy in cooperation with the International Association for
Cryptologic Research


Call For Papers

Since 1980 in Oakland, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has
been the premier forum for computer security research, presenting the
latest developments and bringing together researchers and
practitioners. We solicit previously unpublished papers offering novel
research contributions in any aspect of security or privacy. Papers
may present advances in the theory, design, implementation, analysis,
verification, or empirical evaluation and measurement of secure

Topics of interest include:

    Access control and authorization
    Application security
    Attacks and defenses
    Censorship resistance
    Cloud security
    Distributed systems security
    Economics of security and privacy
    Embedded systems security
    Hardware security
    Intrusion detection and prevention
    Malware and unwanted software
    Mobile and Web security and privacy
    Language-based security
    Network and systems security
    Privacy technologies and mechanisms
    Protocol security
    Secure information flow
    Security and privacy for the Internet of Things
    Security and privacy metrics
    Security and privacy policies
    Security architectures
    Usable security and privacy

This topic list is not meant to be exhaustive; S&P is interested in
all aspects of computer security and privacy. Papers without a clear
application to security or privacy, however, will be considered out of
scope and may be rejected without full review.

Systematization of Knowledge Papers

As in past years, we solicit systematization of knowledge (SoK) papers
that evaluate, systematize, and contextualize existing knowledge, as
such papers can provide a high value to our community. Suitable papers
are those that provide an important new viewpoint on an established,
major research area, support or challenge long-held beliefs in such an
area with compelling evidence, or present a convincing, comprehensive
new taxonomy of such an area. Survey papers without such insights are
not appropriate. Submissions will be distinguished by the prefix
“SoK:” in the title and a checkbox on the submission form. They will
be reviewed by the full PC and held to the same standards as
traditional research papers, but they will be accepted based on their
treatment of existing work and value to the community, and not based
on any new research results they may contain. Accepted papers will be
presented at the symposium and included in the proceedings.  Ongoing

To enhance the quality and timeliness of the scientific results
presented as part of the Symposium, and to improve the quality of our
reviewing process, IEEE S&P now accepts paper submissions 12 times a
year, on the first of each month. The detailed process is as follows.

    A rolling deadline occurs on the 1st of each month, at 3:00 PM
    (UTC-7, i.e., PDT). This deadline is strict and no extensions will
    be granted.

    Within two months of submission, author notifications of
    Accept/Revise/Reject decisions will be sent out.

    Within one month of acceptance, all accepted papers must submit a
    camera-ready copy incorporating reviewer feedback. The papers will
    immediately be published, open access, in the Computer Society’s
    Digital Library, and they may be cited as “To appear in the IEEE
    Symposium on Security & Privacy, May 20XX”.

    A limited number of papers will be invited to submit a revision;
    such papers will receive a specific set of expectations to be met
    by that revision. Authors may take up to three months from
    decision notification to produce a revised manuscript and submit
    it as part of the standard deadline on the 1st of the
    month. Authors will receive decisions on revisions within one
    month. See below for additional details on the resubmission

    Rejected papers must wait for one year, from the date of original
    submission, to resubmit to IEEE S&P.

        A paper will be judged to be a resubmit (as opposed to a new
        submission) if the paper is from the same or similar authors,
        and a reviewer could write a substantially similar summary of
        the paper compared with the original submission. As a rule of
        thumb, if there is more than 40% overlap between the original
        submission and the new paper, it will be considered a

    All papers accepted by February 1st, 2019, or that are submitted
    as a revision by February 1st, 2019 and the revision is then
    accepted, will be included in the proceedings of the symposium in
    May, 2019 and invited to present their work. Other papers will be
    included in the 2020 proceedings.

        As a result, for authors who anticipate using the full three
        months to respond to a Revision decision, the final submission
        deadline for possible inclusion in the 2019 proceedings is
        September 1st, 2018.

        For authors who anticipate using only one month to respond to
        a Revision decision, the final submission deadline for
        possible inclusion in the 2019 proceedings is November 1st,

        The final submission deadline for possible inclusion in the
        2019 proceedings is December 1st, 2018, but only for papers
        accepted without revision.

Revised Submissions

As described above, some number of papers will receive a Revise
decision, rather than Accept or Reject. This decision will be
accompanied by a detailed summary of the expectations for the
revision, in addition to the standard reviewer comments. Authors may
take up to three months to prepare a revision, which may include
running additional experiments, improving the paper’s presentation, or
other such improvements. Papers meeting the expectations will
typically be accepted. Those that do not will be rejected. Only in
exceptional circumstances will additional revisions be requested.

Upon receiving a Revise decision, authors can choose to withdraw their
paper or not submit a revision within three months, but they will be
asked to not submit the same or similar work again (following the same
rules as for Rejected papers) for 1 year from the date of the original

Revised submissions should be submitted on the first of the month,
just as with new submissions. Revisions must be accompanied by a
summary of the changes that were made.  Submission Statistics

Statistics on the submissions and decisions made thus far are
available here.  Student Program Committee

Following a successful model used at last year’s conference, as well
as other premier technical conferences, some paper submissions will be
reviewed by a “shadow PC” of students and junior researchers. For more
information see
https://www.ieee-security.org/TC/SP2019/studentpc.html.  Instructions
for Paper Submission

These instructions apply to both the research papers and
systematization of knowledge papers.

All  submissions must  be original  work; the  submitter must  clearly
document  any  overlap  with previously  published  or  simultaneously
submitted papers  from any of  the authors.  Failure to point  out and
explain overlap will be grounds for rejection. Simultaneous submission
of the  same paper to another  venue with proceedings or  a journal is
not allowed and  will be grounds for automatic  rejection. Contact the
program committee  chairs if  there are  questions about  this policy.
Anonymous Submission

Papers must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no
author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and papers
should avoid revealing their identity in the text. When referring to
your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were
written by someone else. Only blind the reference itself in the
(unusual) case that a third-person reference is
infeasible. Publication as a technical report or in an online
repository does not constitute a violation of this policy. Contact the
program chairs if you have any questions. Papers that are not properly
anonymized may be rejected without review.  

Conflicts of Interest
Drawn from the ACM SIGMOD 2015 CFP

During submission of a research paper, the submission site will
request information about conflicts of interest of the paper's authors
with program committee (PC) members. It is the full responsibility of
all authors of a paper to identify all and only their potential
conflict-of-interest PC members, according to the following
definition. A paper author has a conflict of interest with a PC member
when and only when one or more of the following conditions holds:

    The PC member is a co-author of the paper.

    The PC member has been a co-worker in the same company or
    university within the past two years.

    For student interns, the student is conflicted with their
    supervisors and with members of the same research group. If the
    student no longer works for the organization, then they are not
    conflicted with a PC member from the larger organization.

    The PC member has been a collaborator within the past two years.

    The PC member is or was the author's primary thesis advisor, no
    matter how long ago.

    The author is or was the PC member's primary thesis advisor, no
    matter how long ago.

    The PC member is a relative or close personal friend of the author.

For any other situation where the authors feel they have a conflict
with a PC member, they must explain the nature of the conflict to the
PC chairs, who will mark the conflict if appropriate. Papers with
incorrect or incomplete conflict of interest information as of the
submission closing time are subject to immediate rejection.

Human Subjects and Ethical Considerations
Drawn from the USENIX Security 2016 CFP

Submissions that describe experiments on human subjects, that analyze
data derived from human subjects (even anonymized data), or that
otherwise may put humans at risk should:

    Disclose whether the research received an approval or waiver from
    each of the authors' institutional ethics review boards (IRB) if

    Discuss steps taken to ensure that participants and others who
    might have been affected by an experiment were treated ethically
    and with respect.

If the submission deals with vulnerabilities (e.g., software
vulnerabilities in a given program or design weaknesses in a hardware
system), the authors need to discuss in detail the steps they have
taken or plan to take to address these vulnerabilities (e.g., by
disclosing vulnerabilities to the vendors). The same applies if the
submission deals with personal identifiable information (PII) or other
kinds of sensitive data. If a paper raises significant ethical and
legal concerns, it might be rejected based on these concerns.

Contact the program co-chairs sp19-pcchairs@ieee-security.org if you
have any questions.

Page Limit and Formatting

Submitted papers may include up to 13 pages of text and up to 5 pages
for references and appendices, totalling no more than 18 pages. The
same applies to camera-ready papers, although, at the PC chairs’
discretion, additional pages may be allowed for references and
appendices. Reviewers are not required to read appendices.

Papers must be formatted for US letter (not A4) size paper. The text
must be formatted in a two-column layout, with columns no more than
9.5 in. tall and 3.5 in. wide. The text must be in Times font,
10-point or larger, with 11-point or larger line spacing. Authors are
encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates. LaTeX
submissions should use IEEEtran.cls version 1.8. All submissions will
be automatically checked for conformance to these
requirements. Failure to adhere to the page limit and formatting
requirements are grounds for rejection without review.

Reviews from Prior Submissions

Authors may optionally submit a document (PDF or text) containing:

    the complete reviews they received from prior submission(s) and

    a page of up to 500 words documenting the improvements made since
    the prior submission(s).

Also starting this year, if a submission is derived in any way from a
submission submitted to another venue (conference, journal, etc.) in
the past twelve months, we require that the authors provide the name
of the most recent venue to which it was submitted. This information
will not be shared with reviewers. It will only be used (1) for
aggregate statistics to understand the percent of resubmissions among
the set of submitted (and accepted) papers; (2) at the Chairs’
discretion, to identify dual submissions and verify the accuracy of
prior reviews provided by authors regarding previously rejected
papers.  Submission

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. Your document should render correctly
in Adobe Reader 9 and when printed in black and white.  Conference
Submission Server

Papers must be submitted at https://oakland19.seclab.cs.ucsb.edu.

Publication and Presentation

Authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate publication
clearances. One of the authors of the accepted paper is expected to
present the paper at the conference.

Program Committee

Christopher Kruegel 	UC Santa Barbara
Hovav Shacham 	        University of California, San Diego