How big is the conference and what is the typical mix of people?
Average is well over 200 people, with a mix of industry, government, and academia. Last year approximately half the papers submitted were from outside the US and we have growing mix of attendees from outside the US. It is a mixture of practitioners, researchers, engineers, etc. It is generally a very technical audience, and what separates us from some conferences is that there is a great deal of participation from the attendees....very little networking during the sessions (people gather before and after the sessions)...the hallways are empty during the tracks and tutorials ... but there is plenty of networking during breaks and social events.
Do you pay speakers or cover their expenses?
No, except for students (for whom there is a conferenceship program, subject to conference approval), tutorial instructors, and the keynote speaker, we do not pay speakers or cover registration or travel expenses.
Is there a program to help students attend the conference?
Besides lower conference and tutorial fees, ACSAC also offers a conferenceship program to enable students to attend the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference. This program will pay for the conference registration, plus an amount toward travel expenses, for selected students.
What kind of submissions do you accept?
  • Technical Track: peer-reviewed papers
  • Panels: proposals for interactive panels
  • Case Studies: practical experience reports from applying security
  • WIP: works in progress reports
  • Courses: in depth tutorials on current security topics
  • Workshop: on up to date hot topics
Do you accept speaking proposals?
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 works in progress. 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.
I have an idea for a tutorial or workshop that I'd like to see offered, but I'm not available or qualified to teach it. What should I do?
We'd love to hear your idea! Send it to Tutorials Chair or Workshops Chair, and we'll try to find an instructor/speaker to turn your idea into a tutorial/workshop. If there's someone you think would do a good job, but you don't want to approach them yourself, we can do that for you.
I'd like to see a survey paper on a particular topic, but I'm not available or qualified to write it. What should I do?
We'd love to hear your idea! Send it to Program Chair, and we'll try to find an author to turn your idea into a survey paper. If there's someone you think would do a good job, but you don't want to approach them yourself, we can do that for you.
I've been accepted to present at ACSAC; are there any guidelines for speakers?
Yes, please see our Speaker's Handbook.
I've been asked to chair an ACSAC session; are there any guidelines for session chairs?
Yes, please see our Session Chair Handbook.
How many total presentations will there be and how many might run concurrent to each other? How many panels will there be compared to single presenter sessions?
We don't set the exact number of presentations until we get the papers, but the following is an approximation based on previous years.

Monday: Courses & Workshops

Tuesday: Courses & Workshops

Early AM: Distinguished Practitioner
Late AM: Three parallel sessions
Early PM: Three parallel sessions
Late PM: Three parallel sessions

Early AM: Invited Essayist
Late AM: Three parallel sessions
Early PM: Three parallel sessions
Late PM: Three parallel sessions

Early AM: Classic Papers
Late AM: Three parallel sessions

So there are a total of 22-25 sessions (not counting the plenaries). Of these, probably 10-12 will be refereed technical papers (3 papers per session), 6-8 will be panels, and 6-7 will be case studies. We don't have single presenter sessions, except tutorials (which are held Monday and Tuesday). The exact numbers will depend on submissions and acceptance decisions.

When will the detailed schedule be available?
The detailed schedule, showing specific tutorials, papers, panels/fora, and case study presentations will be available in August/September. We will send an announcement to the ACSAC mailing list when it's on the web page. To join the ACSAC mailing list, please fill out this form.
Can you accomodate special meal or diet requests?
The Conference Committee selects lunch menus that we hope everyone will enjoy. We realize that some individuals have special dietary needs. We make arrangements to offer a vegetarian meal at lunch that features some combination of pasta, vegetables, and/or fruits. Please indicate your dietary request on the registration form and upon your arrival, please check your registration packet to ensure that your lunch tickets indicate your dietary request. If there are problems, please contact the conference registration desk.
How do people dress at ACSAC?
We encourage you to dress in business casual attire. If a business suit is more your style/preference, that is fine too.
Will you provide a Visa letter for non-US citizens?
For information on requesting a Visa letter, please click here. Registration payment is required prior to the issuance of a visa letter. Attendees requiring additional time to receive their visa may pre-register by wire, transferring an advance payment in conjunction with submitting a Visa Letter Request.
My question is not answered above, what should I do?
Email the Conference Chair
Additional ACSA Events:
NSPW – New Security Paradigms Workshop
LASER – Learning from Authoritative Security Experiment Results