NSPW 2018

Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK
August 28-31, 2018

The New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) seeks embryonic, disruptive, and unconventional ideas on information and cyber security that benefit from early feedback. Submissions typically address current limitations of information security, directly challenge long-held beliefs or the very foundations of security, or discuss problems from an entirely novel angle, leading to new solutions. We welcome papers both from computer science and other disciplines that study adversarial relationships, as well as from practice. The workshop is invitation-only; all accepted papers receive a 1 hour plenary time slot for presentation and discussion. In order to maximize diversity of perspectives, we particularly encourage submissions from new NSPW authors, from Ph.D. students, and from non-obvious disciplines and institutions.

In 2018, NSPW invites theme submissions around “Security in 2038” next to regular submissions. We know from past experience that every security advance brings with it new security failures. Automated software updates open the door to malicious software updates; DNSSEC is subject to cryptography-based denial-of-service attacks; antivirus software can be compromised by data files that are otherwise harmless. We encourage authors to imagine the security problems of the next 20 years, how they are currently being created through fallible solutions and paradigms, and what alternative paradigms would be available to mitigate those anomalies (as meant by Kuhn). Theme submissions can take any form, but we suggest writing them as if they were a submission for NSPW 2038 (including citations to future work). We particularly invite submissions (co-)authored by historians and futurologists.

NSPW 2018 will be held at the Cumberland Lodge in Windsor, UK. As in the past, this choice of venue is designed to facilitate interactions between the invited attendees throughout the workshop.