VizSec 2014 Visualization for Cyber Security

Visualization for Cyber Security

November 10, 2014
  /   Paris, France

In conjunction with IEEE VIS

VizSec 2014 paper and poster deadlines have been extended one week.

VizSec will be held in Paris, France on November 10, 2014. VizSec brings together researchers and practitioners in information visualization and security to address the specific needs of the cyber security community through new and insightful visualization techniques.

VizSec will again be held in conjunction with IEEE VIS.

The proceedings will be available in the ACM Digital Library.

The 11th Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec) is a forum that brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to address the needs of the cyber security community through new and insightful visualization and analysis techniques. VizSec provides an excellent venue for fostering greater exchange and new collaborations on a broad range of security- and privacy-related topics. VizSec will be held in Paris, France on November 10, 2014 in conjunction with IEEE VIS.

Important research problems often lie at the intersection of disparate domains. Our focus is to explore effective, scalable visual interfaces for security domains, where visualization may provide a distinct benefit, including computer forensics, reverse engineering, insider threat detection, cryptography, privacy, preventing user assisted attacks, compliance management, wireless security, secure coding, and penetration testing in addition to traditional network security. Human time and attention are precious resources. We are particularly interested in visualization and interaction techniques that effectively capture the insights of human analysts so that further processing may be handled by machines, freeing analysts for other tasks. For example, a malware analyst might use a visualization system to analyze a new piece of malicious software that facilitates generating a signature for future machine processing. When appropriate, research that incorporates multiple data sources, such as network packet captures, firewall rule sets and logs, DNS logs, web server logs, and/or intrusion detection system logs, is particularly desirable.

Technical Papers

Full papers describing novel contributions in security visualization are solicited. Papers may present techniques, applications, practical experience, theory, analysis, or experiments and evaluations. We encourage the submission of papers on technologies and methods that promise to improve cyber security practices, including, but not limited to:

Accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series.


Poster submissions may showcase late-breaking results, work in progress, preliminary results, or visual representations relevant to the VizSec community. The poster program will be a great opportunity for the authors to interact with the attendees and solicit feedback. Accepted poster abstracts will be made available on this website.


If you do not have real-world data to demonstrate your visualization, you may be interested in looking at the VAST 2012 Challenge data. VAST 2013 and VAST 2011 also had cyber security data if you are looking for additional data.


Papers should be at most 8 pages including the bibliography and appendices. Committee members are not required to read the appendices or any pages past the maximum. Submissions not meeting these guidelines will be rejected without consideration of their merit. Reviews are single-blind, so authors may include names and affiliations in their submissions. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the conference.

The VizSec proceedings will be published by ACM. The ACM SIG Proceedings Templates provides Word and LaTeX templates. (If you are using LaTeX, please use Option 2: LaTeX2e - Tighter Alternate style.)

Authors should apply ACM Computing Classification categories and terms.

ACM invites authors to submit an image representation of their article. The image must be selected from the article body and can be any of the following: art, graphic, table, figures, etc. (Image files are to be as square as possible, 100x100 ppi and in jpg format.) Authors must supply a caption with the image. The caption length should be no more than 512 characters.


Interested authors should submit an extended abstract as PDF of at most 2 pages including figures and references. Accepted abstracts will be made available on this website. Authors must present a corresponding poster during the workshop. The poster authors can determine the layout by themselves, but the dimensions of the posters should not exceed the A0 space (841mm x 1189mm or 33.1" x 46.8"). Additionally, poster authors are requested to give a brief oral preview during a plenary "fast forward" session.


Submit papers and poster abstracts using EasyChair:

All deadlines are 5:00 PM PST

Papers (updated)

August 8, 2014
Submission for Papers
September 12, 2014
Author Notification for Papers
October 3, 2014
Camera Ready Submission and Copyright Forms for Papers


September 19, 2014
Abstract Submission for Posters
September 26, 2014
Author Notification for Poster

VizSec is held with IEEE VIS. More details to follow.

General Chair
Kirsten Whitley, US Department of Defense
Program Chair
Sophie Engle, University of San Francisco
Publications Chair
Lane Harrison, Tufts University
Poster Chair
Fabian Fischer, University of Konstanz
Local Chair
Nicolas Prigent, Supélec
John Goodall, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Program Committee

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