IEEE VizSec 2016 IEEE Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security
October 24, 2016

The 13th IEEE Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec)
is a forum that brings together researchers and practitioners from
academia, government, and industry to address the needs of the
cybersecurity community through new and insightful visualization and
analysis techniques. VizSec provides an excellent venue for fostering
greater exchange and new collaborations on a broad range of security-
and privacy-related topics. VizSec will be held in Baltimore, MD, USA
in conjunction with IEEE VIS.

The purpose of VizSec is to explore effective and scalable visual
interfaces for security domains such as network security, computer
forensics, reverse engineering, insider threat detection,
cryptography, privacy, user assisted attacks prevention, compliance
management, wireless security, secure coding, and penetration testing.

Technical Papers

Full papers describing novel contributions in security visualization
are solicited. Papers may present techniques, applications, practical
experience, theory, analysis, experiments, or evaluations. We
encourage the submission of papers on technologies and methods that
promise to improve cyber security practices, including, but not
limited to:

 - Situation awareness and/or understanding
 - Incident handling including triage, exploration, correlation, and response
 - Computer forensics
 - Recording and reporting results of investigations
 - Assisting proactive security configuration and deployment
 - Reverse engineering and malware analysis
 - Vulnerability management
 - Multiple data source analysis
 - Analyzing information requirements for computer network defense
 - Evaluation and/or user testing of VizSec systems
 - Criteria for assessing the effectiveness of cyber security visualizations 
   (whether from a security goal perspective or a human factors perspective)
 - Modeling system and network behavior
 - Modeling attacker and defender behavior
 - Studying risk and impact of cyber attacks
 - Predicting future attacks or targets
 - Security metrics and education
 - Software security
 - Mobile application security
 - Social networking privacy and security

When applicable, visualization and interaction techniques that
effectively capture the insights of human analysts and/or allow
analysts to collaborate efficiently are particularly desirable.

*** New for 2016! *** Case Studies 

Short papers describing practical applications of security
visualization are solicited. We encourage the submission of papers
discussing the introduction of cyber security visualizations into
operational context, including, but not limited to:

 - Cases where visualization made positive contributions towards meeting 
   operational needs
 - Gaps or negative outcomes from visualization deployments
 - Situations where visualization was not utilized, but could have had a 
   positive impact
 - Lessons learned from operational engagements
 - Insights gained from the transition process

Cyber security practitioners from industry, as well as the research
community, are encouraged to submit case studies.


Poster submissions may showcase late-breaking results, work in
progress, preliminary results, or visual representations relevant to
the VizSec community. The poster program will be a great opportunity
for the authors to interact with the attendees and solicit feedback.


Submissions must be formated using the IEEE VGTC template that can be
found at All
submissions should be in PDF format.

Submit papers and poster abstracts using EasyChair:

Papers should be at most 8 pages including the bibliography and
appendices. Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the
program committee. Committee members are not required to read the
appendices or any pages past the maximum. Submissions not meeting
these guidelines will be rejected without consideration of their
merit. Reviews are single-blind, so authors may include names and
affiliations in their submissions. Submitted papers must not
substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are
simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with

The VizSec proceedings will be published by IEEE. Authors of accepted
papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the
conference.  Case Studies

Case studies should be at most 4 pages including the bibliography and
appendices. Case study submissions will be reviewed by the Paper
Chair(s) and other members of the organizing committee to determine
relevance to the VizSec community.

Accepted case study authors will have time to present their work at
VizSec during the program.

Accepted case studies will be made available on this website.

Extended abstract for posters should be at most 2 pages including the
bibliography. Poster abstracts will be reviewed by the Poster Chair(s)
and other members of the organizing committee to determine relevance
to the VizSec community.

Accepted authors must present a corresponding poster during the
workshop. The poster authors can determine the layout by themselves,
but the dimensions of the posters should not exceed the A0 space
(841mm x 1189mm or 33.1" x 46.8"). Additionally, poster authors are
requested to give a brief oral preview during a plenary "fast forward"

Accepted poster abstracts will be made available on this website.

When applicable, submissions including tests and evaluations of the
proposed tools and techniques are considered particularly
desirable. If possible, making the data used for the tests available
will also be considered positively. If you do not have real-world data
to demonstrate your visualization, you may be interested in looking at
the VAST Challenge data sets.

Important Dates

All deadlines are 5:00 PM PST

Papers and Case Studies

  August 1, 2016
    Submission for Papers and Case Studies
  September 5, 2016
    Author Notification for Papers and Case Studies
  October 3, 2016
    Camera Ready Submission and Copyright Forms for Papers


  September 19, 2016
    Abstract Submission for Posters
  September 30, 2016
    Author Notification for Posters