NDSS 2015 will feature two optional workshops, SENT and USEC, on Sunday, 8 February 2015.

Security of Emerging Networking Technologies (SENT)

Click here to view the Program: SENT Program

Click here to view the Call for Papers: SENT CFP

Program Committee Chairs:

Adrian Perrig, ETH Zürich

Gene Tsudik, University of California


With the emergence of new computing paradigms, networking experiences unprecedented transformation. Due to the proliferation of cloud computing and large datacenters, networks are faced with numerous new requirements. Smart and mobile devices enable seamless upload and download of multi-media content, thus putting tremendous pressure on the network infrastructure. Moreover, the increasing importance of online services for government, industry, and society requires highly available and efficient networking. Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), such as Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) devices, are increasingly monitored and controlled over public communication networks. At the same time, the scale and range of devices in everyday settings (automotive, household, medical) is experiencing tremendous growth, resulting in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) which prompts new security and privacy challenges.

Unfortunately, not only applications are progressing, but also attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Attacks on datacenters can result in data exfiltration. Mobile devices fall prey to compromises, creating the prospect of a large-scale botnet consisting of mobile devices. Recently, numerous online services were attacked, where hosts of large-scale botnets participated to attack a victim in a Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack. SCADA networks have also been targeted, perhaps the best known example being the Stuxnet malware.

In this environment, exciting research challenges arise. We will discuss emerging technologies: how they can help addressing these issues without introducing new vulnerabilities. Sample technologies include Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Openflow, Content-Centric Networking (CCN) and Named-Data-Networking (NDN), and proposed Future Internet architectures. The goal of this workshop is to bring together academic and industry researchers together to discuss emerging problems, challenges, and potential solutions of these networking technologies.

Program Committee:

Jeff Burke, UCLA REMAP
Mauro Conti, University of Padua
Haixin Duan, Tsinghua University
Paolo Gasti, New York Institute of Technology
Cesar Ghali, University of California, Irvine
Philip Ginzboorg, Aalto University and Huawei Technologies
Marco Gruteser, Rutgers University
Guofei Gu, Texas A&M University
Sotiris Ioannidis, FORTH
Ghassan Karame, NEC Laboratories Europe
Ayumu Kubota, KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc.
Taekyoung Kwon, SNU
Heejo Lee, Korea University
Li Erran Li, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Allison Mankin, Verisign Labs
Morley Mao, University of Michigan
David McGrew, Cisco
Aziz Mohaisen, Verisign Labs
Antonio Nicolosi, Stevens Institute of Technology
Pekka Nikander
Kyoungsoo Park, KAIST
Adrian Perrig, ETH Zurich (PC Chair)
Phil Porras, SRI International
Zhengwei Qi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Raphael Reischuk, ETH Zurich
Seungwon Shin, Texas A&M University
Peter Steenkiste, Carnegie Mellon University
Wade Trappe, WINLAB, Rutgers University
Gene Tsudik, University of California, Irvine (PC Chair)
Ersin Uzun, PARC
Arun Venkataramani, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Brian Weis, Cisco

Useable Security (USEC)

Click here to view the Program: USEC Program

Clck here to view the Call for Papers: USEC CFP

Program Chair:

Jens Grossklags, The Pennsylvania State University


Many aspects of information security combine technical and human factors. If a highly secure system is unusable, users will try to circumvent the system or move entirely to less secure but more usable systems. Problems with usability are a major contributor to many high-profile security failures today.

However, usable security is not well-aligned with traditional usability for three reasons. First, security is rarely the desired goal of the individual. In fact, security is usually orthogonal and often in opposition to the actual goal. Second, security information is about risk and threats. Such communication is most often unwelcome. Increasing unwelcome interaction is not a goal of usable design. Third, since individuals must trust their machines to implement their desired tasks, risk communication itself may undermine the value of the networked interaction. For the individual, discrete technical problems are all understood under the rubric of online security (e.g., privacy from third parties use of personally identifiable information, malware). A broader conception of both security and usability is therefore needed for usable security.

The Workshop on Usable Security invites submissions on all aspects of human factors and usability in the context of security and privacy. USEC 2015 aims to bring together researchers already engaged in this interdisciplinary effort with other computer science researchers in areas such as visualization, artificial intelligence and theoretical computer science as well as researchers from other domains such as economics or psychology.

Program Committee:

Rebecca Balebako, Carnegie Mellon University
Zinaida Benenson, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Sonia Chiasson, Carleton University
Emiliano DeCristofaro, University College London
Alexander de Luca, Universität München
Tamara Denning, University of Utah
Alain Forget, Carnegie Mellon University
Julien Freudiger, PARC
Vaibhav Garg, VISA
Cormac Herley, Microsoft Research
Mike Just, Glasgow Caledonian University
Bart Knijnenburg, University of California, Irvine
Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers University
Heather Lipford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Debin Liu, Paypal
Xinru Page, University of California, Irvine
Adrienne Porter Felt, Google
Sören Preibusch
Franziska Roesner, University of Washington
Pamela Wisniewski, The Pennsylvania State University
Kami Vaniea, Indiana University
Melanie Volkamer, Technische Universität Darmstadt