The Security Track at the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

The 14th edition of the Computer Security track
at the 30th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
13-17 April 2015, University of Salamanca, Spain


The Symposium 

For the past twenty-nine years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the world. SAC 2015 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP; its proceedings are published by ACM in both printed form and CD-ROM; they are also available on the web through the ACM Digital Library More information about SIGAPP and past editions of SAC can be found at

The Computer Security track (14th edition)

The Security Track reaches its fourteenth edition this year, thus appearing among the most established tracks in the Symposium. The list of issues remains vast, ranging from protocols to work-flows.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • software security (protocols, operating systems, etc.)
  • hardware security (smartcards, biometric technologies, etc.)
  • mobile security (properties for/from mobile agents, etc.)
  • network security (anti-DoS tools, firewalls, real-time monitoring, mobile networks, sensor networks, etc.)
  • alternatives to cryptography (steganography, etc.)
  • security-specific software development practices (vulnerability testing, fault-injection resilience, etc.)
  • privacy and anonymity (trust management, pseudonymity, identity management, electronic voting, etc.)
  • safety and dependability issues (reliability, survivability, etc.)
  • cyberlaw and cybercrime (copyrights, trademarks, defamation, intellectual property, etc.)
  • security management and usability issues (security configuration, policy management, usability trials etc.)
  • workflow and service security (business processes, web services, etc.)
  • security in cloud computing and virtualised environments

Important Dates

10 October 2014 (extended, firm) Submission of full papers
30 November 2014 (extended, firm) Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
15 December 2014 (extended, firm) Camera-Ready copies of accepted papers
15 December 2014 Author registration due
13-17 April 2015 SAC 2015 takes place

Best Papers

The best papers of the 2003 edition are published in a special issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (Wiley) , vol. 16, no.1, 2004. The best papers of the 2004 edition are published in a special issue of the Journal of Computer Security (IOS), vol. 13, no.5, 2005. The best papers of the 2006 edition are published in a special issue of the Journal of Computer Security (IOS), vol. 17, no.3, 2009. The best papers of the 2013 edition are being published in an upcoming number of the International Journal of Information Security (Springer). This practice will be continued on the basis of appropriateness of the submissions.

Track Program Chairs

  • Giampaolo BELLA
    Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica, Università di Catania, Italy.
  • Sergio MAFFEIS
    Department of Computing, Imperial College, London, UK.

Review and publication of accepted papers

Each paper will be fully refereed and undergo a blind review process by at least three referees. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM SAC 2015 proceedings. Some papers may only be accepted as poster papers, and will be published as extended 2-page abstracts in the proceedings. According to the authors' guidelines, which can be obtained from the symposium web page, at least one author per accepted paper must register before the paper is included in the proceedings. Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper: This is a requirement for the paper/poster to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding them from the ACM/IEEE digital library.

Student research abstract competition

Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts here (minimum of 2-page and maximum of 4-page) following the instructions published at SAC 2015 website. Submission of the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed.