20th International Conference on
Applied Cryptography and Network Security

Welcome to ACNS 2022

Welcome to ACNS 2022, to be held in Rome, Italy, from June 20 until June 23, 2022.

ACNS is an annual conference focusing on current developments that advance the areas of applied cryptography and its application to systems and network security. The goal is to represent both academic research works and developments in industrial and technical frontiers.

ACNS receives strong support in the communities of cryptography and security, which is reflected in its organizers, program committee, and very competitive paper acceptance rate.


The conference will take place in hybrid-mode.

Considering the uncertain evolution of the COVID pandemic, the conference will take place in a hybrid mode: authors will have the option to present papers remotely so that they will not worry about any health risks or travel restrictions for attending the conference.

Areas of interest

Areas of interest for ACNS 2022 include but are not limited to:

  • Access control

  • Applied cryptography

  • Automated security analysis

  • Biometric security/privacy

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies

  • Cloud security/privacy

  • Complex systems security

  • Critical infrastructure security

  • Cryptographic primitives

  • Cryptographic protocols

  • Data protection

  • Database/system security

  • Digital rights management

  • Email, app and web security

  • Future Internet security

  • Human factors in security

  • Identity management

  • IP protection

  • Internet fraud, cybercrime

  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) security

  • Intrusion detection

  • Key management

  • Malware

  • Mobile/wireless/5G security

  • Network security protocols

  • Privacy/anonymity, PETs

  • Security/privacy metrics

  • Side channel attacks (e.g., microarchitectural, physical-layer)

  • Trust management

  • Ubiquitous security/privacy

  • Usable security/privacy

Important Dates

First submission deadline: September 3, 2021, 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

    • Notification: November 5, 2021

    • Camera-ready: November 26, 2021

Second submission deadline: January 14, 2022, 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

    • Notification: March 18, 2022

    • Camera-ready: April 8, 2022

Workshop proposal submission deadline: November 8, 2021, 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

    • Notification: November 17, 2021

Workshop submission: check the Workshop section

Poster proposal submission deadline: April 21, 2022, 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

    • Notification: May 1, 2022

    • Camera-ready poster due for pre-proceedings: May 8, 2022

Papers rejected at the first round can be submitted at the second round, together with a response letter addressing the reviewer's points.


  • ACNS gives a best student paper award, to encourage promising students to publish their best results at this venue. Any paper with a student as an author is eligible for this award. There will be a 1000 EUR prize for the Best Student Paper Award sponsored by Springer.

  • ACNS also gives best workshop paper awards, sharing 1000 USD prize sponsored by Frontiers.


For any questions regarding the submission or the conference, please write to spognardi@di.uniroma1.it, gatenies@stevens.edu or venturi@di.uniroma1.it.


ACNS is actively looking for third-party sponsors for the conference. More information for sponsoring ACNS can be found at the following link: ACNS Sponsorship.