7th 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 and privacy information workers who develop, use, and manipulate privacy and security-related information and data as a significant part of their jobs. Security/privacy 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;
  • 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 policies

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

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.

We solicit papers describing new research contributions in this area as well as case studies, work in progress, preliminary results, novel ideas, and position papers. Papers should be atmost six pages (excluding references) using the SOUPS template format (MS Word or LaTeX).
Submissions may be made at https://wsiw2021.usenix.hotcrp.com/.

A word about paper length. 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 an 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. Paper presentations will be approximately 10-12 minutes in length followed by 5 minutes of questions and answers. Presentations will be made remotely using Zoom.

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.

The deadline for submissions is May 27 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth).

You can find out more at http://security-information-workers.org/
or by emailing wsiw@sec.uni-hannover.de.

Important Dates

Workshop paper submission deadlineThursday May 27, 2021
Workshop paper acceptance notification to authorsFriday, June 11, 2021
Workshop camera-ready papers dueThursday, June 24, 2021
WorkshopSunday, August 8, 2021

Quarterly WSIW

Our third quarterly WSIW event will be May 3 at 11:00am EDT to 12:30pm! If you’d like to do a short talk on a WIP, have a suggestion for a speaker, or want to talk about another topic of interest to the community, s$We do have a slack channel - email us if you want to be invited.

Organizing Committee / Program Committee Chairs

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