The Security Track at the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

The 15th edition of the Computer Security track
at the 31st ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
3-8 April 2016, University of Pisa, Italy


The Symposium 

For over thirty years has the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the world. SAC 2016 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 (15th edition)

The Security Track reaches its fifteenth 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

28 September 2015 Extended, final. Submission of regular papers and SRC research abstracts
23 November 2015 Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
7 December 2015 Camera-Ready copies of accepted papers and SRC research abstracts
18 December 2015 Author registration due
3-8 April 2016 SAC 2016 takes place

Best Papers

  • Best papers of SEC@SAC03 in special issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (Wiley), 16(1), 2004
  • Best papers of SEC@SAC04 in special issue of the Journal of Computer Security (IOS), 13(5), 2005
  • Best papers of SEC@SAC06 in special issue of the Journal of Computer Security (IOS), 17(3), 2009
  • Best papers of SEC@SAC13 in special issue of the International Journal of Information Security (Springer), 14(2), 2015

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 2016 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, or SRC abstract in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper. This is a requirement for including the work in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of registered papers, posters, and SRC abstracts 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 2016 website. Submission of the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed.