3rd Workshop on Cyber-Security
Arms Race (CYSARM)

19 November, 2021

co-located with the ACM CCS 2021, South Korea
– Hybrid Event –

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Paper submission deadline: July 17, 2021 11:59 PM AoE (UTC-12) – postponed!

Paper submission deadline for papers rejected from the ACM CCS Second Review Cycle*: July 29, 2021 11:59 PM AoE (UTC-12)

Notification of acceptance will be on August 13, 2021. Submissions are now open on EasyChair.


Cybersecurity is a complex ecosystem that is based on several contradicting requirements. For this reason, it is often defined as an arms race between attackers and defenders: for example, when a new security model or algorithm is devised, it could act as a double-edged sword since it might both enhance the security posture of a system and introduce additional vulnerabilities. Similarly, many of the novel technological solutions that are used to improve the security of systems and networks are also being used by those who wish to threaten well-established algorithms and protocols. For example, it is already known that when large-scale quantum computers become available, they will be able to break almost all the public-key cryptographic algorithms currently in use. Security is also about balancing several trade-offs, e.g. security vs privacy, security vs trust, security vs usability, security vs cost, research vs standardization, academic research vs real applications, to name just a few. For example, while artificial intelligence provides the ability to efficiently analyze massive data streams to detect patterns of anomalous behaviour, it also threatens user privacy by enabling the analysis of individual behaviours, and democratic government by subverting opinions via electronic media. Likewise, the use of trustworthy computing and trusted hardware: while it fortifies systems by providing stronger security and operational assurance guarantees, it also allows attackers to perform stealthy attacks and could be used to damage user privacy.

The goal of the CYSARM workshop is to foster collaboration and discussion among cyber-security researchers and practitioners to better understand the various facets and trade-offs of cybersecurity and how new technologies and algorithms might impact existing or future security models.

Call for Papers

Important Dates

*For these papers, please contact the program chairs to provide them a copy of the CCS reviews

Topics of Interest

Topics of Interest include but are not limited to:

Submission Guidelines

We invite the following types of papers:

Submissions must be anonymous, and authors should refer to their previous work in the third-person. Submissions must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Submissions are to be made on EasyChair. You will be requested to upload the file of your paper (in PDF format only). Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Proceedings of the workshop will be published by ACM on a CD, available to the workshop attendees. Papers will be included in the ACM Digital Library, with a specific ISBN. Each accepted paper must be presented by an author, who will have to register by the early-bird registration deadline.

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Previous editions

CYSARM 2020 | CYSARM 2019