The Security Track at the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

The 22nd edition of the Computer Security track
at the 38th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
March 27 - April 2, 2023, Tallinn, Estonia


The Symposium 

For over thirty 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 2023 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP; its proceedings are published by ACM and are available in printed form and 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 (22nd edition)

The Security Track reaches its 22nd edition this year and is among the longest running and most established tracks in the Symposium. The track aims at bringing together researchers working on applied issues in computer and information security.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following. In all cases, a paper's main contribution must be to computer or information security.

  • 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.)
  • covert communication (steganography, covert channels, 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
  • blockchain applications and security analysis of existing cryptocurrencies
  • security and privacy in the IoT
  • adversarial machine learning

Important Dates

31st October 2022 EXTENDED! Submission of regular papers and SRC research abstracts
12th December 2022 Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
30th December 2022 Camera-Ready copies and author registration due
27th March - 2nd April 2023 SAC 2023 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.
    Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey, UK

Program Committee

  • Tristan Allard (University Rennes 1, IRISA, France)
  • Luca Arnaboldi (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Mikael Asplund (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Cecilia Boschini (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland)
  • Carlo Brunetta (Simula UiB, Norway)
  • Lukasz Chmielewski (Radboud University, The Netherlands and Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
  • Tom Chothia (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Anastasija Collen (Université de Genève, Switzerland)
  • Gianpiero Costantino (IIT-CNR, Pisa, Italy)
  • Luca Demetrio (University of Cagliari and Pluribus One, Italy)
  • Alexandre Debant (INRIA Nancy & LORIA, France)
  • Mario Di Raimondo (University of Catania, Italy)
  • Changyu Dong (Guangzhou University, China)
  • Jannik Dreier (Université de Lorraine, France)
  • Barbara Fila (INSA Rennes, IRISA, France)
  • Olga Gadyatskaya (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
  • Christian Gehrmann (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Vasileios Gkioulos (Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway)
  • Mordechai Guri (Ben Gurion University, Israel)
  • Christian Hammer (University of Passau, Germany)
  • Fabian Ising (Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
  • Hugo Jonker (Open University, The Netherlands)
  • Sokratis Katsikas (Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway)
  • Oksana Kulyk (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Manuel Maarek (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
  • Ilaria Matteucci (CNR, Italy)
  • Vashek Matyas (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
  • Roberto Metere (University of York, UK)
  • Paolo Modesti (Teesside University, UK)
  • Charles Morisset (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Chris Novakovic (Thought Machine, UK)
  • David Nowak (CNRS & Lille 1 University, France)
  • Elizabeth Quaglia (Royal Holloway, UK)
  • Alejandro Russo (Chalmers, Sweden)
  • Sebastian Schinzel (Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
  • Siamak Shahandashti (University of York, UK)
  • Jan Willemson (Cybernetica, Estonia)

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 2023 proceedings. Some papers may only be accepted as poster papers, and will be published as extended 2-page abstracts in the proceedings.

Important Notice - SAC No-Show Policy

Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the papers and posters in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper. This is a requirement for all accepted papers, posters, and invited SRC submissions to be included in the ACM digital library. No-show of scheduled papers, posters, and student research abstracts will result in their exclusion from the ACM 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 the SAC 2023 website. Submission of the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed.