NSPW is a unique workshop that is devoted to the critical examination of
new paradigms in security. Each year, since 1995, we examine proposals
for new principles upon which information security can be rebuilt from
the ground up. We conduct extensive, highly interactive discussions of
these proposals, from which we hope both the audience and the authors
emerge with a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of
what has been discussed.
In his seminal book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn
describes the progress of science as "a series of peaceful interludes
punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions." These revolutions,
which he called "paradigm shifts", are periods during which "one
conceptual world view is replaced by another."
A paradigm shift is thus not an incremental contribution to an established
branch of science; it is an attempt to replace the fundamental dogma
of a branch of science with a different, and completely incompatible,
set of core principles.
The New Security Paradigms workshop is dedicated to the proposition that
what Kuhn called "anomalies" - signs that the prevailing paradigm can
no longer explain phenomena observed in the real world - are already
visible in the science of information security, and, indeed, that the
anomalies are so obvious and so serious that the prevailing information
security paradigm is or soon will be in crisis. NSPW aspires to be the
philosophical and intellectual breeding ground from which a revolution
in the science of information security will emerge.
We solicit and accept papers on any topic in information security subject
to the following caveats:
- Papers that present a significant shift in thinking about difficult
security issues are welcome.
- Papers that build on a recent shift are also welcome.
- Contrarian papers that dispute or call into question accepted
practice or policy in security are also welcome.
- We solicit papers that are not technology-centric, including
those that deal with public policy issues and those that deal with
the psychology and sociology of security theory and practice.
- We discourage papers that represent established or completed
works as well as those that substantially overlap other submitted
or published papers.
- We discourage papers which extend well-established security
models with incremental improvements.
- We encourage a high level of scholarship on the part of
contributors. Authors are expected to be aware of related prior
work in their topic area, even if it predates Google. In the
course of preparing an NSPW paper, it is far better to read an
original source than to cite a text book interpretation of it.
Our program committee particularly looks for new paradigms, innovative
approaches to older problems, early thinking on new topics, and
controversial issues that might not make it into other conferences but
deserve to have their try at shaking and breaking the mold.
Participation in the workshop is limited to authors of accepted papers
and conference organizers. Each paper is typically the focus of 45
to 60 minutes of presentation and discussion. Prospective authors are
encouraged to submit ideas that might be considered risky in some other
forum, and all participants are charged with providing feedback in a
constructive manner. The resulting intensive brainstorming has proved to
be an excellent medium for furthering the development of these ideas. The
proceedings, which are published after the workshop, have consistently
benefited from the inclusion of workshop feedback.
We welcome three categories of submission:
- Research papers. These should be of a length commensurate with the
novelty of the paradigm and the amount of novel material that the
reviewer must assimilate in order to evaluate it.
- Position papers. These should be 5 - 10 pages in length and should
espouse a well reasoned and carefully documented position on a security
related topic that merits challenge and / or discussion.
- Discussion topic proposals. Discussion topic proposals should
include an in-depth description of the topic to be discussed, a
convincing argument that the topic will lead to a lively discussion,
and supporting materials that can aid in the evaluation of the
proposal. The later may include the credentials of the proposed
discussants. Discussion topic proposers may want to consider involving
conference organizers or previous attendees in their proposals.
Submissions must include the following:
- The submission in PDF format, viewable by Adobe Acrobat reader.
- A justification for inclusion in NSPW. Specify the category of your
submission and describe, in one page or less, why your submission
is appropriate for the New Security Paradigms Workshop. A good
justification will describe the new paradigm being proposed, explain
how it departs from existing theory or practice, and identify those
aspects of the status quo it challenges or rejects. The justification
is a major factor in determining acceptance.
- An Attendance Statement specifying how many authors wish to attend
the workshop. Accepted papers require the attendance of at least
one author for the entire duration of the workshop. Attendance is
limited, and we cannot guarantee space for more than one author.
No submission may have been published elsewhere nor may a similar
submission be under consideration for publication or presentation in
any other forum during the NSPW review process.
- The submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, 20 April 2006.
- Notification of acceptance will be Sunday, 4 June 2006.
Workshop proceedings will be published by the ACM and put in the ACM
In order to ensure that all papers receive equally strong feedback, all
attendees are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop.
We expect to offer a limited amount of financial aid to those who
See http://www.nspw.org for details of the workshop policies and
for submission procedures.