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VizSec 2013 : Visualization for Cyber Security


Conference Series : Visualization for Computer Security
When Oct 14, 2013 - Oct 14, 2013
Where Atlanta GA, USA
Submission Deadline Jul 22, 2013
Notification Due Aug 23, 2013
Final Version Due Sep 6, 2013
Categories    cyber security   security   visualization

Call For Papers

The 10th Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec) is a forum that 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 will provide an excellent venue for fostering greater exchange and new collaborations on a broad range of security- and privacy-related topics. Accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series.

Important research problems often lie at the intersection of disparate domains. Our focus is to explore effective, scalable visual interfaces for security domains, where visualization may provide a distinct benefit, including computer forensics, reverse engineering, insider threat detection, cryptography, privacy, preventing 'user assisted' attacks, compliance management, wireless security, secure coding, and penetration testing in addition to traditional network security. Human time and attention are precious resources. We are particularly interested in visualization and interaction techniques that effectively capture human analyst insights so that further processing may be handled by machines, freeing the analyst for other tasks. For example, a malware analyst might use a visualization system to analyze a new piece of malicious software and then facilitate generating a signature for future machine processing. When appropriate, research that incorporates multiple data sources, such as network packet captures, firewall rule sets and logs, DNS logs, web server logs, and/or intrusion detection system logs, is particularly desirable.


Full papers offering novel contributions in security visualization are solicited. Papers may present techniques, applications, practical experience, theory, analysis, or experiments and evaluations. We encourage papers on technologies and methods that promise to improve cyber security practices, including, but not limited to:

- Situational awareness / understanding
- Incident handling including triage, exploration, correlation, and response
- Computer forensics
- Recording and reporting results of investigation
- Reverse engineering and malware analysis
- Multiple data source analysis
- Analyzing information requirements for computer network defense
- Evaluation / 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


Poster submissions may showcase late-breaking results, work in progress, preliminary results, or visual representations relevant to the VizSec community. Accepted poster abstracts will be made available on this website.


There will be an award for the best paper from the accepted program. The best paper award will be given to the paper judged to have the highest overall quality. A key element of the best paper selection process will be whether the results are believed to be repeatable by other scientists based on the algorithms and data provided in the paper. This award will be chosen by the program committee.


If you do not have real-world data to demonstrate your visualization, you may be interested in looking at the VAST 2012 Challenge data. VAST 2011 also had cyber security data if you are looking for additional data.



Papers should be at most 8 pages including the bibliography and appendices. 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 merits. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the conference, preferably by themselves or by prior arrangement through a delegate.


Poster submissions consist of an extended abstract of at most 2 pages including figures and references. Authors must present a corresponding poster during the designated poster session. Poster authors have the opportunity to give a brief oral preview during a plenary "fast forward" session.


The VizSec proceedings will be published by ACM. The ACM SIG Proceedings Templates provides Word and LaTeX templates. (If you are using LaTeX, please use Option 2: LaTeX2e - Tighter Alternate style.)

Authors should apply ACM Computing Classification categories and terms. ACM invites authors to submit an image representation of their article. The image must be selected from the article body and can be any of the following: art, graphic, table, figures, etc. (Image files are to be as square as possible, 100x100 ppi and in jpg format.) Authors must supply a caption with the image. The caption length should be no more than 512 characters.


Submit papers and poster abstracts using EasyChair:


July 22, 2013: Submission for Papers
August 23, 2013: Author Notification for Papers
September 6, 2013: Camera Ready Submission
October 8, 2013: Papers Available in ACM Digital Library

August 23, 2013: Abstract Submission for Posters
September 1, 2013: Author Notification for Poster


General Chair
John Goodall, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Program Chair
Kwan-Liu Ma, University of California, Davis

Publications / Publicity Chair
Sophie Engle, University of San Francisco

Poster Chair
Fabian Fischer, University of Konstanz


Google Group:!forum/vizsec

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