4th Workshop on
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Workshop co-located with CCS-2008

Mon. Oct. 27, 2008 - Alexandria VA, USA



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4th International Workshop on Quality of Protection (QoP 2008)

Security Measurements and Metrics

October 27, 2008
Alexandria, VA, USA

An ACM CCS 2008 workshop

A printable version of this call for papers is available

Workshop overview

In the last few decades, Information Security has gained numerous standards, industrial certifications, and risk analysis methodologies. However, the field still lacks the strong, quantitative, measurement-based assurance that we find in other fields. For example, Networking researchers have created and utilize Quality of Service (QoS), Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and performance evaluation measures. Empirical Software Engineering has made similar advances with software measures: processes to measure the quality and reliability of software exist and are appreciated in industry.

Security looks different. Even a fairly sophisticated standard such as ISO17799 has an intrinsically qualitative nature. Notions such as Security Metrics, Quality of Protection (QoP) or Protection Level Agreement (PLA) have surfaced in the literature, but they still have a qualitative flavor. Furthermore, many recorded security incidents have a non-IT cause. As a result, security requires a much wider notion of "system" than do most other fields in computer science. In addition to the IT infrastructure, the "system" in security includes users, work processes, and organizational structures.

The goal of the QoP Workshop is to help security research progress towards a notion of Quality of Protection in Security comparable to the notion of Quality of Service in Networking, Software Reliability, or measures in Empirical Software Engineering.

Submission topics

Original submissions are solicited from industry and academic experts to presents their work, plans and views related to Quality of Protection. The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Industrial experience

  • Security risk analysis

  • Security measures

  • Reliability analysis

  • Security quality assurance

  • Measurement-based decision making and risk management

  • Empirical assessment of security architectures and solutions

  • Mining data from attack and vulnerability repositories

  • Measurement theory

  • Formal theories of security metrics

  • Security measurement and monitoring

  • Experimental validation of models

  • Simulation and statistical analysis

  • Stochastic modeling

Important dates

  • May 29 (EXTENDED) - Paper submission due

  • July 21 - Acceptance notification

  • August 17 - Camera-ready paper due

Program chairs

Andy Ozment, US
Ketil Stølen, SINTEF, NO

Organization chair

Riccardo Scandariato, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE

Program committee

Alessandro Acquisti - Carnegie Mellon University. (US)
Guenter Bitz - SAP (DE)
Jean Camp - Indiana University (US)
Dieter Gollmann - TU Hamburg-Harburg (DE)
Sushil Jajodia - George Mason University (US)
Hongxia Jin - IBM Almaden Research Center (US)
Erland Jonsson - Chalmers University of Technology (SE)
Audun Josang - Queensland University (AU)
Yucel Karabulut - SAP Research Palo Alto (US)
Günter Karjoth - IBM Research (CH)
Volkmar Lotz - SAP (FR)
Fabio Massacci - University of Trento (IT)
John McHugh - Dalhousie U. (CA)
Stephan Neuhaus - Saarland University (DE)
Andy Ozment - (US)
Eduardo Fernández-Medina Patón - University of Castilla-La Mancha (ES)
Shari Lawrence Pfleeger - RAND Corporation (US)
Riccardo Scandariato - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)
Tomas Sander - HP Labs (US)
Santosh Shrivastava - University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
Anoop Singhal - NIST (US)
Vipin Swarup - The MITRE Corporation (US)
Nicola Zannone - University of Trento (IT)

Paper submission

Original research papers are solicited in any of the above mentioned topics describing significant research results. Preliminary research results can be submitted in the form of short papers. We also solicit industry experience reports about the use of security measures in industrial environments. Industry papers should have at least one author from industry or government, and will be considered for their industrial relevance.

Papers are required (1) to explicitly state the hypothesis being tested, or characterize the problem being solved in the form of success criteria, and (2) to have a research methodology section. The research methodology section should contain enough details that a reader could reproduce the work, at least as a thought-experiment. Where appropriate this section should include information like: materials, apparatus and stimuli used, a description of the subjects or data sets used, the experimental design, and the procedure followed.

Authors should use the ACM SIG proceedings template when preparing their submission. The page limit for the final version will be 6 pages in double-column ACM format; short papers are limited to 3 pages. Only PDF or PS files are accepted.

The page limit for the camera ready version is 10 pages in double-column ACM format; short papers are limited to 5 pages.


The proceedings of the workshop will be published by the ACM; it will have an ISBN number and be included in the ACM digital library. Authors of accepted papers will be expected to give full presentations at the workshop.