ACM SIGCOMM 2021, virtually (online)

ACM SIGCOMM 2021 Workshop on Secure Programmable network INfrastructure (SPIN 2021)

Call for Papers

The Internet was not designed with a secure foundation. However, as more and more applications rely on secure network services, the importance of network security has grown significantly. Looking forward, the security of networks and networked systems will become a first-class design goal, just like performance and reliability are today. Up until recently, one hindrance in designing secure networks is that the Internet was very hard to change. Networking devices used to be "black boxes", and only the switch vendors can decide what goes into these boxes. Despite many interesting proposals on Internet/network security, many of them cannot be easily integrated into the operational network without a forklift change.

Recently, a new opportunity is on the horizon: networking hardware is becoming programmable. The networking community has already leveraged this to design a range of new systems and capabilities “in-network”, but we argue that it is important to rethink network security in light of this trend as well.

The 2nd SPIN workshop aims to provide a forum for the community to come together and rethink fundamental questions in Internet security. In this workshop, we are soliciting papers that examine the security implications of the trend of network programmability, particularly in the recent development of programmable data planes. We seek contributions on early ideas in these areas, position papers that outline the next steps in network security, as well as preliminary papers from ongoing projects that could benefit from early community feedback. The workshop seeks to bring together experts in networking, security, hardware, programming languages, and systems to reexamine opportunities for network security in the next generation.

Topics of Interest

We invite submissions on a wide range of topics of interest, including, but not limited to:

  • Security applications of programmable networking hardware
  • Security risks of programmable networking hardware
  • Intrusion and anomaly detection and prevention
  • Denial-of-service attacks and countermeasures
  • Deployable or backward-compatible designs for programmable networks
  • Architectural support for Internet/network security
  • Role of programmable optics for network security
  • Cross-layer programmability and software-defined infrastructures for network security
  • New deployment environments (e.g., IoT, smart homes, multi-tenant data centers) that could benefit from secure programmable infrastructures
  • Incrementally deployable designs for secure programmable networks
  • Automated analysis of secure programmable networks

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. LaTeX sources can be found at this link. With older versions of this template, authors should use "10pt" in the documentclass command to ensure that the font size for all submitted papers is 10 points. The length of the submitted paper should be 6 pages, excluding references. Authors are welcome to include an appendix beyond the page limit, but the main paper should be self-contained. Paper submissions should not include author names or affiliations, and submissions will go through a double-blind reviewing process by the program committee. At least one author for each accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the workshop in person. We expect that at least some papers at SPIN would represent "work-in-progress" projects. Therefore, authors of published papers could choose to extend their work to full-length conference papers later.

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Important Dates

  • May 14, 2021   May 31, 2021

    Submission deadline

  • June 7, 2021   June 21, 2021

    Acceptance notification

  • June 25, 2021   July 2, 2021

    Camera-ready deadline

  • August 23 or 27, 2021

    Workshop day

Program Committee

  • Program Chairs
  • Ram Durairajan

    University of Oregon

  • Yixin Sun

    University of Virginia

  • Keynote
  • Vyas Sekar

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • Program Committee
  • Adrian Perrig

    ETH Zurich

  • Anubhavnidhi Abhashkumar

    ByteDance Inc

  • Arpit Gupta

    University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Eric Keller

    University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Georgios Smaragdakis

    TU Berlin

  • Jiarong Xing

    Rice University

  • Liang Wang

    Princeton University

  • Maria Apostolaki

    ETH Zurich

  • Shir Landau Feibish

    The Open University of Israel

  • Timothy Wood

    George Washington University

  • Walter Willinger

    Niksun, Inc.

  • Zaoxing Liu

    Boston University