Call for Papers: Workshop on Decentralized IoT Systems and Security (DISS) 2020

A workshop in conjunction with NDSS 2020

An open full-day workshop with extensive discussion. It is the 3rd in a series with NDSS. Revised papers will be published as post-workshop proceedings by the Internet Society.

Technical Summary

The success of the Internet of Things (IoT) depends significantly on solving related decentralization, security and privacy challenges. A key aspect is decentralization, as many if not most of the IoT use cases include big data collection from large-scale and heterogeneous device deployments. Furthermore, decentralized security may help to overcome privacy concerns and scalability bottlenecks, both of which become increasingly serious in large-scale deployments, such as smart cities, Industry 4.0, or next generation business platforms.

A decentralized approach to IoT systems and security brings forth many opportunities but also challenges, such as operating with constrained devices, with intermittent network connectivity, state synchronization, and trust management — these and additional challenges listed below would be the scope of the proposed workshop.

Following the spirit of NDSS, the goal of this workshop is to bring together academia and industry, researchers and practitioners, to analyze and discuss the potential and limits of decentralization in secure IoT systems.

The proposed topics include the following (but we will not reject relevant papers not falling under these topics):

  • Secure interoperability across IoT ecosystems
  • Security and privacy trade-offs related to IoT scalability and decentralization
  • Securing the Web of Things
  • Secure service provisioning and software upgrading for large-scale IoT
  • Self-awareness and self-adaptation in decentralized IoT
  • Usable and context-aware security for decentralized IoT
  • Peer-to-Peer (P2P) security and privacy  in IoT
  • Blockchains and other Distributed Ledger Technologies for secure and trusted interaction in the IoT and edge systems
  • Security and privacy in multi-tiered edge systems (“fog computing”)
  • Smart Contracts for the IoT, including formal verification of smart contracts
  • Decentralized access control and rights management
  • Decentralized trust management and governance
  • Authentication and access management at the IoT edge
  • IoT security and privacy architectures for 5G Networks
  • IoT Key Management Protocols
  • Trust, Security, Safety, and Privacy in IoT-enabled tactile and critical infrastructures
  • Scalable programmable network infrastructures for supporting secure IoT applications
  • NFV, Management & Orchestration for distributed, scalable and secure IoT architectures
  • Decentralized (edge & backend) IoT analytics and embedded intelligence
  • Application of concepts from outside of the IoT to decentralized IoT security
  • Security & Privacy for Federated/Distributed Machine Learning with Adversarial Agents
  • Attestation in the large scale decentralized IoT

Submission Instructions

The workshop will accept papers of between four to six pages in length for publication in post-workshop proceedings. Proceedings will be published by the Internet Society with the revised papers based on the workshop discussions and reviewer comments.

Papers shall be submitted for review in print-ready form using the NDSS paper template and the review will be single blind. For a paper to be published, at least one of the authors must attend the entire workshop, the paper must be revised based on the discussion at the workshop, and the revised paper must be submitted in time for the publication deadline.

As previously, submissions and reviews will be handled by EasyChair ( PC members have been invited and will be announced soon.

Submission site:

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: December 20, 2019
  • Paper Submission Due: January 1, 2020
  • Decision Notice to Authors: January 17, 2020
  • Workshop: February 23, 2020 (co-located with NDSS 2020)
  • Camera-ready Paper: March 13, 2020


TPC Co-Chairs:

  • Pekka Nikander, Aalto University, FI
  • Vasilios A. Siris, AUEB, GR

TPC Members:

  • Ioannis Psaras, UCL, UK
  • Matthias Waehlisch, FU Berlin, DE
  • Hamed Okhrav, MIT, US
  • Michal Krol, University of Clouvain, BE
  • Dirk Kutscher, Huawei, DE
  • Börje Ohlman, Ericsson, SE
  • Jörg Ott, TU Munich, GE
  • Alex Pazaitis, Taltech, EE
  • Patrik Salmela, Ericsson, FI
  • Bengt Sahlin, Ericsson, FI