9th Workshop on Security Information Workers

August 6, 2023 - Anaheim, CA

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9th Workshop on Security Information Workers (WSIW'23)

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 and privacy information workers who develop, use, and manipulate privacy and security-related information and data as a significant part of their jobs.

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Software Developers Administrators IT Professionals Intelligence analysts Security Consultans and Educators Privacy Engineers and Professionals


The workshop will feature a keynote talk and paper presentations, as well as breakout sessions to provide an opportunity for smaller group interactive discussion about related topics of interest, which may include methods, challenges, and future directions in security information workers research.

Important Dates
Happening Date (23:59 AoE)
Submission DeadlineThursday, June 1, 2023
Acceptance NotificationThursday, June 8, 2023
Camera-Ready Papers DueThursday, June 22, 2023
WorkshopSunday, August 6, 2023
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Anaheim Marriot

700 W Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
+1 714.750.8000


Sunday, August 6, 2021, 2:30pm -- 6:00pm Pacific Daylight Time
2:30pm - 2:40pm
Welcome, Introduction, and Workshop Agenda
2:40pm - 3:50pm - Paper Session
Communicating on Security within Software Development Issue Tracking

Léon McGregor, Manuel Maarek, and Hans-Wolfgang Loidl (Heriot-Watt University)

Investigating the Experiences of Female CTF Players

Antonio Martorana (Carnegie Mellon University), Emily Chang (University of Virginia), Hanan Hibshi (Carnegie Mellon University), and Alejandro Cuevas (Carnegie Mellon University)

3:50pm - 4:00pm - Break
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Keynote Presentation
7 Observations and Research Topics About Security Information Workers

Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D., National Security Agency
5:00pm - 5:15pm - Break
5:15pm - 6:00pm
Breakout Sessions and Concluding Remarks

Call for Papers

We solicit papers describing new research contributions in the area of security and privacy information workers, as well as case studies, work in progress, preliminary results, novel ideas, and position papers. Successful submissions to this workshop will explicitly be informed by an understanding of how security/privacy information workers do their jobs, and the results will explicitly address how we understand these workers.

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Information Workers
The area of security/privacy information workers includes:
  • 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;
  • Intelligence analysts, who collect and analyze data about security matters to understand information and make predictions;
  • Security consultants and educators, who provide guidance to individuals and organizations on practicing good security behaviors and implementing security technologies; and
  • Privacy engineers and professionals, who ensure that privacy considerations are built into products and who help develop privacy policie.
This workshop aims to develop and stimulate discussion about security information workers. We will consider topics including but not limited to:
  • Empirical studies of security/privacy information workers, including case studies, experiments, field studies, and surveys;
  • New tools designed to assist security/privacy information workers;
  • Infrastructure for better understanding security/privacy information workers;
  • Information visualization and other techniques designed to help security/privacy information workers do their jobs;
  • Evaluations of tools and techniques for security/privacy information workers


The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 01, 2023 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth).


Submissions may be made at:

Submission: Papers should be succinct, but thorough in presenting the work. Typical papers will be 5–6 pages long (plus references) but papers can be shorter (e.g., 2–3 pages) if, for example, they present a novel idea with limited preliminary results or a position likely to drive a lively discussion. Shorter, more focused papers are encouraged and will be reviewed like any other paper. If you only need 2 or 4 pages (plus references) to clearly explain your work or idea, please submit a paper of that length. Reviewers will be instructed to assess the value of the talk to the workshop audience irrespective of the paper length; however, we stress again that the presentation should be sufficiently thorough for reviewers to make this evaluation.

Workshop papers will be made available to attendees prior to the workshop. However, they will not appear in the official SOUPS proceedings.

Presentation: Paper presentations will be approximately 12–13 minutes in length followed by 7 minutes of questions and answers. Presentations can be in-person or remotely using Zoom.


Program Committee

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