[PET] WEIS 2018: Workshop on the Economics of Information Security, 18-19 June 2018, Innsbruck, Austria

Rainer Böhme rainer.boehme at uibk.ac.at
Fri Feb 2 15:50:07 GMT 2018

Since its inception, WEIS is a prime forum for research on economic and behavioral aspects of privacy. 

Papers for 2018 are due in two weeks, on February 18.


The 17th Annual Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS 2018) 
Innsbruck, Austria, June 18-19, 2018 -- http://weis2018.econinfosec.org


Information security and privacy continue to grow in importance, as threats proliferate, privacy erodes, and attackers find new sources of value. Yet the security of information systems and the privacy offered by them depends on more than just technology. Each requires an understanding of the incentives and trade-offs inherent to the behavior of people and organizations. As society's dependence on information technology has deepened, policy-makers have taken notice. Now more than ever, careful research is needed to characterize accurately threats and countermeasures, in both the public and private sectors. 

The Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS) is the leading forum for interdisciplinary scholarship on information security and privacy, combining expertise from the fields of economics, social science, business, law, policy, and computer science. Prior workshops have explored the role of incentives between attackers and defenders of information systems, identified market failures surrounding Internet security, quantified risks of personal data disclosure, and assessed investments in cyber-defense. The 2018 workshop will build on past efforts using empirical and analytic tools not only to understand threats, but also to strengthen security and privacy through novel evaluations of available solutions. 

We encourage economists, computer scientists, legal scholars, business school researchers, security and privacy specialists, as well as industry experts to submit their research and participate by attending the workshop. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and theoretical studies of: 

* Optimal investment in information security 
* Models and analysis of online crime (including botnets, ransomware, and underground markets) 
* Cyber-risk quantification and cyber-insurance 
* Security standards and regulation 
* Vulnerability discovery, disclosure, and patching 
* Incentives for information sharing and cooperation 
* Cyber-security policy 
* Economics of privacy and anonymity 
* Behavioral security and privacy 
* Incentives for and against pervasive monitoring threats 
* Cyber-defense strategy 


Submitted manuscripts should represent significant and novel research contributions. WEIS has no formal formatting guidelines. Previous contributors spanned fields from economics and psychology to computer science and law, each with different norms and expectations about manuscript length and formatting. This year, authors have the option to submit their manuscripts in anonymized form for double-blind review. Advisable rules of thumb include: using past WEIS accepted papers as templates and adhering to your community's publication standards. 

Paper submission deadline: February 18, 2018.

Authors whose papers appear at the workshop will be invited to submit a revised version to a special issue of the Journal of Cybersecurity, an interdisciplinary open access journal published by Oxford University Press.  Revised papers will undergo an additional round of peer review after the workshop, and accepted papers will appear in the special issue. Please note that publication charges must be paid to facilitate open access, but a publishing fund is available to authors whose institutions cannot pay. For more information please see http://cybersecurity.oxfordjournals.org/for_authors/index.htm. 


Rainer Böhme, University of Innsbruck 


Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University 
Ross Anderson, Cambridge University 
Daniel Arce, UT Dallas 
Hadi Asghari, TU Delft 
Terrence August, UC San Diego 
Johannes Bauer, Michigan State University 
Joseph Bonneau, New York University 
Laura Brandimarte, University of Arizona 
Jean Camp, Indiana University 
Jonathan Cave, RAND Europe 
Huseyin Cavusoglu, University of Texas at Dallas 
Nicolas Christin, Carnegie Mellon University 
Richard Clayton, University of Cambridge 
Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School 
Ben Edwards, IBM Research 
Serge Egelman, ICSI & UC Berkeley 
M. Eric Johnson, Vanderbilt University 
Allan Friedman, US Department of Commerce 
Neil Gandal, Tel Aviv University 
Dan Geer, In-Q-Tel 
Lawrence Gordon, University of Maryland 
Jens Grossklags, TU Munich 
Chad Heitzenrater, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Cormac Herley, Microsoft Research 
Kai-Lung Hui, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 
Aron Laszka, Vanderbilt University 
Martin Loeb, University of Maryland 
Thomas Maillart, University of Geneva 
Fabio Massacci, University of Trento 
Kanta Matsuura, University of Tokyo 
Damon McCoy, New York University 
Katerina Mitrokotsa, Chalmers University of Technology 
Tyler Moore, University of Tulsa 
Milton Mueller, Georgia Tech 
Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University 
Andrew Odlyzko, University of Minnesota 
Wolter Pieters, TU Delft 
David Pym, University College London 
Sam Ransbotham, Boston College 
Sasha Romanosky, RAND 
Rahul Telang, Carnegie Mellon University 
Catherine Tucker, MIT 
Michel van Eeten, Delft University of Technology 
Liad Wagman, Illinois Institute of Technology 
Julian Williams, Durham University 
Dmitry Zhdanov, Georgia State University

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