Call for Participation

ACSAC is an internationally recognized forum where practitioners, researchers, and developers in information system security meet to learn and to exchange practical ideas and experiences.

If you are developing practical solutions to problems relating to protecting commercial enterprises' or countries' information infrastructures, consider submitting your work to the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference.

We are soliciting submissions in a number of different categories:

Technical Track:peer-reviewed papers
Case Studies:practical experience reports from applying security
Courses/Tutorials:in depth classes on current security topics
Panels:proposals for interactive panels
Posters:new and innovative preliminary work
Workshops:on up to date hot topics
Works in Progress:works in progress, not yet ready for publishing

We are especially interested in submissions that address the application of security technology, the implementation of systems, and lessons learned. Some example topics are:

  • Access control
  • Assurance
  • Audit and audit reduction
  • Biometrics
  • Boundary control devices
  • Certification and accreditation
  • Database security
  • Denial of service protection
  • Distributed systems security
  • Electronic commerce security
  • Enterprise security management
  • Forensics
  • Identity management
  • Incident response planning
  • Insider threat protection
  • Integrity
  • Intellectual property rights protection
  • Intrusion detection and prevention
  • Malware
  • Mobile and wireless security
  • Multimedia security
  • Network resiliency
  • Operating systems security
  • Peer-to-peer security
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Privilege management
  • Product evaluation criteria and compliance
  • Risk/vulnerability assessment
  • Securing cloud infrastructures
  • Security engineering and management
  • Security in service oriented architectures
  • Security usability
  • Software security
  • Supply chain risk management
  • Trust management
  • Virtualization security
  • VoIP security
  • Web 2.0/3.0 security

Important dates:

Technical TrackJune 6 June 13, 2011August 15, 2011
Case StudiesJune 6 June 13, 2011August 15, 2011
Courses/TutorialsJune 6 June 13, 2011July 19 August 1, 2011
PanelsJune 6 June 13, 2011August 15, 2011
WorkshopsJune 6, 2011August 15, 2011
PostersSeptember 2, 2011September 16, 2011
Works in ProgressSeptember 2, 2011September 16, 2011

Technical Track Paper Submissions (contact Program Chair)

  • John McDermott, Naval Research Lab (Program Chair)
  • Michael Locasto, University of Calgary (Program Co-Chair)
We solicit papers offering novel contributions in any aspect of applied security. Papers are encouraged on results that have been demonstrated to be useful for improving information systems security and that address lessons learned from actual application.

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Please ensure that your submission satisfies our 10 page limit under ACM guidelines first, then reformat as single column, 11 pt font, with reasonable margins, which facilitates review, and submit. Accepted papers must be reformatted to 10 pages maximum, according to the ACM instructions at, using the template Option 2 "WITH permission block". Committee members are not required to read the appendices, and so the paper should be intelligible without them. All submissions should be appropriately anonymized (i.e., papers should not contain author names or affiliations, or obvious citations). Submissions are to be made using the OpenConf system on this site. Only PDF files will be accepted. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Papers must be received by the deadline above. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the conference.

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Case Studies in Applied Security (contact Case Studies Chair)

  • Steven Rome, Booz Allen Hamilton (Case Studies Chair)
  • Ken Shotting, DoD (Case Studies Co-Chair)
The Case Studies in Applied Security Track is a critical part of the technical conference. It is an opportunity for professionals to share information that is current without writing a detailed technical paper, but enables attendees to learn about the next generation of products and solutions. It is open to anyone in the community such as vendors, network providers, systems integrators, government civil/federal/military programs or users across the spectrum of computer security applications. Potentially this is where attendees can learn about client needs and vendors solutions. This year we are especially interested in automated solutions based on existing knowledge. While the Case Studies will not be included in the Proceedings, the presentations will be posted to the ACSAC site following the conference.

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Professional Development Courses (Tutorials) (contact Professional Development Chair)

  • Daniel Faigin, The Aerospace Corporation, USA. (Professional Development Chair)
Courses (formerly known as Tutorials) are full (6 hour) or half (3 hour) day classes on how to apply or use a particular technology to address a security need. A typical course submission includes an abstract of the course, a brief (1-2 page) outline, an instructor bio, an indication of length, and notes on prerequisites and textbooks. Course instructors receive an honorarium and expenses. If you would like to indicate a topic you would like to see, you may do that as well; please suggest an instructor if you can.

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Panels (contact Panels Chair)

  • Kevin Butler, University of Oregon (Panels Chair)
Panels are encouraged on the topics listed above. Panels may frame a debate on a controversial question or summarize interesting results, but they must encourage audience participation. A typical submission will include a proposed moderator, panel members (usually 3-5) and an abstract of the proposed topic.

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Workshops (contact Workshops Chair)

  • Harvey Rubinovitz, The MITRE Corporation (Workshops Chair)
ACSAC workshops are on up to date topics that attendees usually rate to provide a useful and exciting forum for information technology professionals (e.g., standards developers, software developers, security engineers, security officers) to exchange ideas, concerns, and opinions.

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Posters (contact Posters Chair)

  • Benjamin Kuperman, Oberlin College (Posters Chair)
The poster session provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present their new and innovative preliminary work in an informal, interactive setting. Conference attendees can learn about novel on-going research projects that might not yet be complete, but whose preliminary results are already interesting. Poster presenters will have an opportunity to discuss their work and get invaluable feedback from knowledgeable sources at an early stage of their research.

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Works In Progress (contact WIP Chair)

  • Benjamin Kuperman, Oberlin College (WiP Chair)
The Works in Progress (WiP) session offers short presentations (5 minutes maximum) of ongoing work. These presentations highlight the most current work in both business and academia, emphasizing goals and value added, accomplishments to date, and future plans. Special consideration is given to topics that discuss real life security experience, including system implementation, deployment, and lessons learned.

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Exhibitors & Sponsors

Again this year we will offer attendees access to exhibits and displays of products and services related to the conference topics. For information on exhibiting at this year's conference contact

Conferenceship Program

ACSAC offers a conferenceship program to enable students to attend the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference. This program will pay for the conference and tutorial expenses, including travel, for selected students. Additional information about this program is available on the Student Awards page.

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ACSAC does not accept "speaking proposals" per se, however; you are encouraged to submit suggestions in the form of a one paragraph description of a topic and a biography of the proposed presenter. Depending on a proposal's technical content, it may be acceptable as a case study. If a full paper is available, it may be acceptable as a technical paper. If a presentation by a group of related speakers is contemplated, a proposal for this session may be acceptable as a panel or forum. If a proposal for a half day or full day seminar is appropriate, it may be acceptable as a tutorial. If a one or two page technical writeup is available that describes work that is not yet completed, it may be acceptable as a poster. Finally, if your have an interest in a full day interactive dialogue, exchanging ideas, opinions and concerns between multiple presenters and attendees, consider being a workshop presenter.

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About the Sponsor

Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) had its genesis in the first Aerospace Computer Security Applications Conference in 1985. That conference was a success and evolved into the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC). Several years ago the word "Aerospace" was dropped from the name to promote a wider range of government and commercial applications. ACSA was incorporated in 1987 as a non-profit association of computer security professionals who have a common goal of improving the understanding, theory, and practice of computer security. ACSA continues to be the primary sponsor of the annual conference.

In 1989, ACSA began the Distinguished Lecture Series at the annual conference. Each year, an outstanding computer security professional is invited to present a lecture of current topical interest to the security community. In 1991, ACSA began a Best-Paper by a Student Award, presented at the Annual conference. This award is intended to encourage active student participation in the annual conference. The award winning student author receives an honorarium and all expenses to the conference.

ACSA continues to be committed to serving the security community by finding additional approaches for encouraging and facilitating dialogue and technical interchange. ACSA is always interested in suggestions from interested professionals and computer security professional organizations on how to achieve these goals.