2nd International Workshop on Self-Protecting Systems (SPS'20)

Part of the ACSOS Workshops series held in conjunction with

1st International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems - ACSOS 2020

Mon 17 August 2020 Washington, DC, Washington, United States

Workshop registration

For registration check the instructions here: https://2020.acsos.org/info/registration

Workshop Program

Time is EDT or UTC -4

  • 9:00 9:05 Welcome from chairs

  • 9:05 10:00 Invited talk: Performance Security Tradeoffs of Moving Target Defenses, Daniel A. Menasce'

  • 10:00 10:20 Designing a Methodological Framework for the Empirical Evaluation of Self-Protecting Systems, A. Montemaggio, S. Iannucci, T. Bhowmik and J. Hamilton

  • 10:20 10:40 Security Fault Tolerance for Access Control, D. Jang, M. Shin and D. Pathirage

  • 10:40 11:00 Break

  • 11:00 11:50 Invited talk: Runtime Application Self Protection (RASP), Craig Shorter

  • 11:50 12:10 Detection of Similar Functions Through the Use of Dominator Information, A. Schäfer, W. Amme and T. S. Heinze

  • 12:10 12:30 Normalization of Severity Rating for Automated Context-aware Vulnerability Risk Management, V. Ahmadi, P. Arlos and E. Casalicchio

We are organizing a special issue in a IEEE or ACM journal. Authors of selected workshop papers will be invited to submit an extended version

Camera ready submission

Instructions for camera ready submission are available here


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Invited speakers

Daniel A. Menasce' (George Mason University, USA)

Craig Shorter (National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center, MSU, USA)

Call for Paper

Effectively protecting computer systems from cyber-attacks is a challenging task due to their large scale and the heterogeneity of the underlying hardware and software components. Furthermore, when trying to defend from an attack, the time factor is critical and any non-guided human resolution attempt could introduce a significant stress and delay to the execution of the proper response. This situation provides the attackers more time to accomplish their objectives.

Several organizations, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have released guidelines and best practices to manage cyber-security related risk (e.g., the NIST Cybersecurity Framework 1.1). However, despite a growing interest in the area in the last 5 years, automation of cyber-security operations is still at its early stages.

Automatically defending a computer system encompasses a large number of activities, that range from data capture, management and analysis, to automated decision making and automated system operations.

In this workshop, we solicit high quality contributions that fit with the overarching idea of creating a fully automated protection system. The aim of the workshop is to share new findings, exchange ideas and discuss research challenges on the following topics (not an exhaustive list):

  • Distributed System Monitoring

  • Secure Monitoring

  • Feature Selection

  • Automatic Data Correlation (Batch/Streaming)

  • Intrusion Detection

  • Anomaly Detection

  • Threats Detection

  • Cyber-Deception: approaches, analysis, honeypots, metrics, moving target defense

  • Software engineering for self-protecting systems: System architectures, services, components and platforms, Goal specification and policies

  • Risk Management

  • Intrusion Response

  • Attack Modeling

  • Defense Modeling

  • Implementation of prototypes that integrate cutting edge technologies, e.g., Software Defined Networks, Container-Based systems, applications based on micro-services

  • Non-Stationary Systems Modeling

  • Behavioural Modeling

  • Cooperative/Competitive Multi-agents modeling

Furthermore, we solicit submissions that examine the self-protection problem from an holistic perspective, that is, that will consider the overall picture and propose novel software architectures, frameworks and technologies to ease the realization of self-protecting systems.

Send your enquire at sps20@easychair.org


Paper submission: June 7, 2020 (23:59 AoE)

Author notification: July 1, 2020

Final Manuscript (camera-ready paper): July 22, 2020

Instruction for camera ready submission are available here


Accepted papers will be included in the ACSOS'2020 Companion Volume published by IEEE Computer Society Press and made available as a part of the IEEE Digital Library. Papers must thus be in the same format as the conference proceedings and may not be more than 6 pages in length.

Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format according to the instructions on the submission website and review criteria

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sps20

Previous Workshop edition



Emiliano Casalicchio, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Stefano Iannucci, Mississippi State University, MS ,USA

Byron J. Williams, University of Florida, FL, USA

Technical Program Committee

Vincent Bindschaedler, University of Florida

Andrea Montemaggio, Mississippi State University

Cihan Tunc, University of Arizona

Sherif Abdelwahed, Virginia Commonwealth University

Long Cheng, Clemson University

Muhammad Nadeem, Mississippi State University

Tanmay Bhowmik, Mississippi State University

Eric Yuan, Aerospace Corporation

Kazi Zakia, Montclair State University


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