The 4th Workshop on Security Information Workers
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront - Baltimore, MD, USA
August 12, 2018

Call for Papers: 4th Workshop on Security Information Workers

The human element is often considered the weakest element in security. Although many kinds of humans interact with systems that are designed to be secure, one particular type of human is especially important, the security information worker. Security information workers include:
  • Software developers, who design and build software that manages and protects sensitive information;
  • Security and system administrators, who deploy and manage security-sensitive software and hardware systems;
  • IT professionals whose decisions have impact on end users' security and privacy;
  • Privacy workers, who handle, research, and protect user data;
  • Intelligence analysts, who collect and analyze data about security matters to understand information and make predictions; and
  • Security consultants and educators, who provide guidance to individuals and organizations on practicing good security behaviors and implementing security technologies
This half-day workshop aims to develop and stimulate discussion about security information workers. We will consider topics including, but not limited to:
  • Empirical studies of security information workers, including experiments, field studies, and surveys;
  • New tools designed to assist security information workers;
  • Infrastructure for better understanding security information workers;
  • Information visualization and other techniques designed to help security information workers do their jobs;
  • Evaluations of tools and techniques for security information workers.

Much security research could be considered about security information workers; for instance, tools that automatically find defects in program code could be construed to help software developers. However, successful submissions to this workshop will explicitly be informed by an understanding of how security information workers do their jobs, and the results will explicitly address how we understand security information workers.

We solicit short papers or extended abstracts from 2-4 pages describing new research contributions in this area, as well as work in progress, preliminary results, and position papers. Please use the SOUPS paper template for submissions available at (Microsoft Word) or (LaTeX). Submissions do not need to be anonymized. Submissions may be made at our HotCRP.

Workshop papers will be made available to attendees prior to the workshop. Paper presentations will be short, approximately 10 minutes in length depending on the number of papers submitted. Each group of related presentations will be followed by a panel to allow the presenters an opportunity to have an interactive discussion with the audience about methods, challenges, and future directions in security information workers research.

Important Dates (tentative)

Paper submission deadlineFriday, May 25, 2018
Camera readyTBA
WorkshopSunday, August 12, 2018

Submission Instructions

Submission Site

Organizing Committee

  • Yasemin Acar, Leibniz University Hannover
  • Sascha Fahl, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Julie Haney, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Celeste Lyn Paul, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Daniel Votipka, University of Maryland

Program Committee Chairs

  • TBA

Program Committee

  • TBA

Web Chair

  • Christian Stransky, Leibniz University Hannover

Venue and Registration

The workshop is colocated with the 14th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security, please refer to the conference website for further information and registration.