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NDSS Highlights the Best in Internet Security Research

The nonstop news about Internet security vulnerabilities and incidents could lead one to despair for the future of the Internet. However, what often does not make the news is all the quality research that contributes ultimately to a more secure, private, and trustworthy Internet. Quality academic research that is open and easily accessible is one of our best long-term investments in a truly open and trustable Internet.

The Internet Society is proud of its long association with and support for the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium. Ground breaking quality research papers from over twenty years of NDSS symposia dating back to 1997 are all freely available on the Internet Society website. Earlier this year, NDSS 2017 was the biggest NDSS to date with 68 academic papers, two keynotes, and two workshops. For the first time, NDSS 2017 ran a two-track conference and recorded the presentations. Be sure to check out all the excellent recordings online via the online program or our new YouTube channel.

Currently, the NDSS Steering and Organizing Committees are hard at work laying the groundwork for a successful NDSS 2018. The Call For Papers has been out for some time now, and the deadline for submission, 11 August 2017, is rapidly approaching. The NDSS 2018 Program Co-Chairs, Patrick Traynor from the University of Florida and Alina Oprea from Northeastern University, have finalized a very impressive program committee to conduct rigorous evaluation of the submissions.

In addition, the Workshop Co-Chairs, Mathias Payer from Purdue University and Matthew Smith from the University of Bonn, have announced the Call for Workshops with submissions due by 31 August 2017. This year they are soliciting both full and half day proposals to add additional diversity to the workshop program.

Finally, the Internet Society is soliciting partners to help support this exciting and valuable symposium. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities outlined on the NDSS sponsorship information page.

Any questions or suggestions about the symposium in general or sponsorship in particular are welcome at

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NDSS 2017: Call for Papers Opens for Internet Security Researchers and Practitioners

Want to help enable the Internet community to apply, deploy, and advance the state of available security technologies? Interested in the practical aspects of network and distributed system security? The Call for Papers is now open for Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium 2017!

Important Dates

  • 12 August 2016:  Paper titles and abstracts due
  • 16 August 2016: Full submissions for technical papers and panels due
  • 20 September 2016 (tentative): Early notification for submissions rejected in the first round
  • 22 October 2016 (tentative): Final notification of acceptance

All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee and accepted submissions will be published by the Internet Society in the Proceedings of NDSS 2017. The Proceedings will be made freely accessible from the Internet Society webpages.

NDSS 2017 will be held February 26 through March 1, 2017, at Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in San Diego, California. NDSS fosters information exchange among researchers and practitioners of network and distributed system security. The target audience includes those interested in practical aspects of network and distributed system security, with a focus on actual system design and implementation.

Read the full Call for Papers for more information on how to proceed.

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NDSS Gathers Top Researchers to Discuss Internet Security Issues

The 2015 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) is just a few days away, happening from 8-11 February in San Diego, California, and the programme is really filled with quality sessions. This conference could not come at a better time as the steady stream of news stories about security incidents highlights the critical importance of this work. NDSS is a well-established venue for some of the best security researchers in the world to gather and discuss solutions to key security problems facing the Internet today.

Keynote Speaker

The featured keynote speaker this year is Stephen Farrell, a Research Fellow from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). In addition to his security work at TCD, Stephen is also a Security Area Director for the Internet Engineering Task Force. He will be talking about what the research community can do to help address the issues related to pervasive monitoring on the Internet. Stephen is one of the authors of RFC 7258 that defined pervasive monitoring as an attack.

NDSS Programme

The NDSS programme features a strong set of peer-reviewed research papers on key security topics. There are several sessions delving into the detection, analysis, prevention, and response to security issues found in systems today. There are also sessions focused on the unique security issues associated with specific classes of applications including social networks, cloud services, the mobile environment, and the web. Finally, there are sessions focused on privacy and authentication. The single-track nature of the conference, along with the carefully constructed agenda, results in a highly focused and productive set of research presentations.


Rounding out the program will be a continuation of the successful workshops added for the first time at last years’ NDSS on the preceding Sunday. These workshops feature emerging research on focused topics and allow for more in-depth analysis and discussion around that topic.

The first workshop is on Security of Emerging Networking Technologies (SENT), and will address evolving security needs in the presence of new applications and technologies. Hot topics like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are changing some of the traditional security challenges. There is even a discussion of attacks on autonomous cars on the agenda. There are two keynotes as a part of this workshop including “Living in a World of Decentralized Data” and “Security Challenges and Opportunities in the Future Internet.”

The second workshop is on Usable Security (USEC), which looks at one of the key impediments to the deployment and use of security processes and mechanisms, namely the human. It brings together researchers from a variety of fields for an interdisciplinary discussion on how to produce better security outcomes by considering human factors. Matthew Smith will be giving a keynote entitled “Experts Are Not Infallible – The Need for Usable System Security” in which he will use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to illustrate issues with usable security and privacy.

Join Us

All in all, NDSS 2015 promises to be an intense four days focused on one of the key challenges facing the Internet today, namely the security and privacy of the ecosystem. This research is one of the keys to rebuilding the confidence in the Internet that has been lost in recent years.

Stay tuned next week for further updates on this event, and if you are so inclined, it is not too late to join us from 8-11 February! Register online, join us at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in sunny San Diego, California, or watch for us online by following @ISOCtech on Twitter and using the #NDSS hashtag.