Magnifying glassVizSec 2017

Call for Papers

The 14th IEEE Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec) brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to address the needs of the cyber security 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 Phoenix, AZ, USA in conjunction with IEEE VIS, on Monday, October 2nd, 2017.

VizSec explores 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, theory, analysis, experiments, or evaluations. We encourage the submission of papers on technologies and methods that 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.

Submissions including tests and evaluations of existing tools and techniques are also 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 VizSec Data Sets page.

Short Papers

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.

Posters

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. Accepted poster abstracts will be made available on the VizSec website.

Submissions

The VizSec 2017 proceedings will be published by IEEE. Submissions must be formatted using the IEEE "Conference Style" template that can be found at:

http://junctionpublishing.org/vgtc/Tasks/camera.html

All submissions must be in PDF format. To submit your paper or poster abstract, login or create an account at:

https://precisionconference.com/~vizsec17

After logging in, click the "new submissions" link on the top navigation bar and look for the link for "Submit to VizSec 2017" in the list under the "VIS 2017" heading.

Papers

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 proceedings.

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

Short Papers

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

Accepted short paper authors will have time to present their work at VizSec during the program.

Posters

Extended abstract 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" session.

Accepted poster abstracts will be made available on this website.

Important Dates

All deadlines are 5:00 PM PST.

Papers and Short Papers

July 18, 2017 Submission for Papers and Short Papers
August 15, 2017 Author Notification for Papers and Short Papers
September 12, 2017 Camera Ready Submission and Copyright Forms for Papers

Posters

August 29, 2017 Abstract Submission for Posters
September 9, 2017 Author Notification for Posters

Committees

Organizing Committee

  • Sophie Engle, General Chair
    University of San Francisco
  • Diane Staheli, Program Chair
    MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Celeste Lyn Paul, Publications Chair
    US Department of Defense
  • Simon Walton, Poster Chair, Web Co-Chair
    Oxford e-Research Centre
  • Nicolas Prigent, Publicity Chair
    LSTI
  • Robert Gove, Sponsorship Chair
    Invincea Labs
  • Lane Harrison, Web Co-Chair
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Program Committee

To be announced.

Supporters

  • IEEE Secure Development Conference (SecDev)

    The IEEE Secure Development Conference (IEEE SecDev), sponsored by the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative, is distinguished by its focus on how to "build security in" (and not simply to discover the absence of security). Its goal is to encourage and disseminate ideas for secure system development among both academia and industry. Developers have valuable experiences and ideas that can inform academic research, and researchers have concepts, studies, and even code and tools that could benefit developers.