ACNS Workshop on SCI: Call for Papers

In recent years, we have witnessed severe security incidences caused by buggy protocols or implementations of cryptographic algorithms: POODLE, DROWN, OpenSSL Heartbleed, Windows certificate validation vulnerabilities, PDF shadow attacks, Google Titan Token Bluetooth bugs, etc. It is critical for practitioners and researchers to ensure the security of cryptographic software and hardware, which are essential for a wide range of systems, services, and applications.

The aim of the SCI workshop is to provide an international forum of scientific research and development to explore the security issues in the implementation and deployment of cryptographic solutions. We are interested in these main aspects: (1) vulnerabilities and defenses in the implementation of cryptographic algorithms; (2) vulnerabilities and defenses in the implementation of cryptographic protocols; (3) defective cryptographic algorithms and protocols deployed in the wild; (3) weak cryptographic keys and random numbers in the cryptographic implementation; (4) runtime cryptographic key attacks and protections; (5) certificates and key management; (6) misuse or abuse of cryptographic services; and (7) other topics on secure cryptographic implementations.

We try to promote secure cryptographic solutions in the Internet, by exploring and discussing the (in)security issues. We solicitat submissions of original research papers on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Secure implementations of crypto algorithms & protocols
  • Fuzzing and vulnerabilities of crypto algorithms & protocols
  • Measurement of cryptographic solutions in the wild, defective or updated
  • Designs of random bit generators
  • Weak cryptographic keys and defective random bit generators
  • Side channel attacks and defenses
  • Cryptographic key protections and memory attacks
  • PKI certificate services and key management
  • HTTPS/TLS vulnerabilities and attacks
  • Measurement and bugs of certificate-based solutions
  • Audit and monitoring of cryptographic services
  • Physical attacks and defenses of cryptographic implementation
  • Verification and evaluation of cryptographic implementation
  • High-performance cryptographic engines
  • Cryptographic hardware
  • Cryptography for Blockchain
  • Cryptography for IoT/CPS
  • Cryptography for the Cloud
  • Cryptography for Mobile systems
  • Cryptography for VANET

We are especially interested in papers with novel ideas, position papers, pilot studies, and initial findings. ACNS will also award one best papers from the 2023 ACNS workshops (AIBlock, AIHWS, AIoTS, CIMSS, Cloud S&P, SCI, SecMT, and SiMLA). They will share the award of 1000 USD, which is sponsored by Frontiers in Communications and Networks. A paper from SCI won the best workshop paper last year! Meanwhile, the workshop will include an interesting keynote talk, which will be announced on the workshop web site as arrangements are finalized.

Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts describing original work. The manuscript has to be written in English and in PDF format. All submissions must follow the original LNCS format (see with a page limit of 18 pages including all references and appendices.

The proceedings of the SCI workshop will be published by Springer in the LNCS series.

Submit your papers:

Program Committee

  • TBD

In Conjunction with
ACNS 2023

Important Dates:

Paper submission:
March 20, 2023. 23:59, AoE

Acceptance Notification:
April 19, 2023

Camera ready:
May 1, 2023

Workshop Chairs:

Dr. Jingqiang Lin
University of Science and Technology of China
linjq <at>

Dr. Jun Shao
Zhejiang Gongshang University
chn.junshao <at>

Publication Chair

Dr. Bo Luo
University of Kansas
bluo <at>

Publicity Co-chairs:

Hao Peng
Zhejiang Normal University

Fangyu Zheng
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Past SCI Workshops

ACNS Workshop on SCI 2022

ACNS Workshop on SCI 2021

ACNS Workshop on SCI 2020