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NDSS Symposium 1997

10-11 February 1997 San Diego, California

Call for Papers

Submissions due: August 1, 1996
Notification to Authors: October 1, 1996
Camera-Ready Copy due: November 1, 1996


The symposium will bring together people who are building hardware and software to provide network and distributed system security services. The symposium is intended for those interested in the practical aspects of network and distributed system security, focusing on actual system design and implementation, rather than theory. We hope to foster the exchange of technical information that will encourage and enable the Internet community to apply, deploy, and advance the state of available security technology. Symposium proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

Topics for the symposium include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Design and implementation of communication security services:
    authentication, integrity, confidentiality, authorization, non-repudiation, and availability.
  • Design and implementation of security mechanisms, services, and APIs to support communication security services, key management and certification infrastructures, audit, and intrusion detection.
  • Requirements and designs for securing network information resources and tools -- WorldWide Web (WWW), Gopher, archie, and WAIS.
  • Requirements and designs for systems supporting electronic commerce -- payment services, fee-for-access, EDI, notary -- endorsement, licensing, bonding, and other forms of assurance.
  • Design and implementation of measures for controlling network communication -- firewalls, packet filters, application gateways, and user/host authentication schemes.
  • Requirements and designs for telecommunications security especially for emerging technologies -- very large systems like the Internet, high-speed systems like the gigabit testbeds, wireless systems, and personal communication systems.
  • Special issues and problems in security architecture, such as interplay between security goals and other goals -- efficiency, reliability, interoperability, resource sharing, and cost.
  • Integration of security services with system and application security facilities, and application protocols -- including but not limited to message handling, file transport, remote file access, directories, time synchronization, data base management, routing, voice and video multicast, network management, boot services, and mobile computing.


The committee invites technical papers and panel proposals for topics of technical and general interest. Technical papers should be 10-20 pages in length. Panel proposals should be two pages and should describe the topic, identify the panel chair, explain the format of the panel, and list three to four potential panelists. Technical papers will appear in the proceedings. A description of each panel will appear in the proceedings, and may at the discretion of the panel chair, include written position statements from each panelist.

Each submission must contain a separate title page with the type of submission (paper or panel), the title or topic, the names of the author(s), organizational affiliation(s), telephone and FAX numbers, postal addresses, Internet electronic mail addresses, and must list a single point of contact if more than one author. The names of authors, affiliations, and other identifying information should appear only on the separate title page.

Submissions must be received by 1 August 1996, and should be made via electronic mail in either PostScript or ASCII format. If the committee is unable to print a PostScript submission, it will be returned and hardcopy requested. Therefore, PostScript submissions should arrive well before 1 August. If electronic submission is difficult, submissions should be sent via postal mail.

All submissions and program related correspondence (only) should be directed to the program chair: Clifford Neuman, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute, 4676 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292-6695, Phone: +1 (310) 822-1511, FAX: +1 (310) 823-6714, Email:

Dates, final call for papers, advance program, and registration information will be available at the URL: Each submission will be acknowledged by e-mail. If acknowledgment is not received within seven days, please contact the program chair as indicated above. Authors and panelists will be notified of acceptance by 1 October 1996. Instructions for preparing camera-ready copy for the proceedings will be sent at that time. The camera-ready copy must be received by 1 November 1996.