CCSW 2020: The ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop
in conjunction with the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS)
November 9, 2020, Orlando, Florida (possibly virtual)

Clouds and massive-scale computing infrastructures are starting to dominate computing and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Major cloud operators are now comprising millions of cores hosting substantial fractions of corporate and government IT infrastructure. CCSW is the world's premier forum bringing together researchers and practitioners in all security aspects of cloud-centric and outsourced computing, including:
  • side channel attacks
  • practical cryptographic protocols for cloud security
  • secure cloud resource virtualization mechanisms
  • secure data management outsourcing (e.g., database as a service)
  • practical privacy and integrity mechanisms for outsourcing
  • foundations of cloud-centric threat models
  • secure computation outsourcing
  • remote attestation mechanisms in clouds
  • sandboxing and VM-based enforcements
  • trust and policy management in clouds
  • secure identity management mechanisms
  • new cloud-aware web service security paradigms and mechanisms
  • cloud-centric regulatory compliance issues and mechanisms
  • business and security risk models and clouds
  • cost and usability models and their interaction with security in clouds
  • scalability of security in global-size clouds
  • trusted computing technology and clouds
  • binary analysis of software for remote attestation and cloud protection
  • network security (DOS, IDS etc.) mechanisms for cloud contexts
  • security for emerging cloud programming models
  • energy/cost/efficiency of security in clouds
  • machine learning for cloud protection
CCSW especially encourages novel paradigms and controversial ideas that are not on the above list. The workshop has historically acted as a fertile ground for creative debate and interaction in security-sensitive areas of computing impacted by clouds.

Student Stipends

Student stipends may be available to attend CCSW. Please apply on the CCS website for a CCS grant (if any) and then email to let us know why you would be a good fit for CCSW. We plan on awarding several student travel grants (a function also of the quality of the applications).

Important Dates

Submissions due: 31 July, 2020 26 July, 2020 (3 days after CCS notification, 11:59pm anywhere in the world)
Author notification: 19 August, 2020
Camera-ready: 21 August, 2020
Workshop: November 9, 2020


CCSW is soliciting full papers of up to 12 pages which will be judged based on the quality per page. Thus, shorter, high-quality papers are encouraged, and papers may be perceived as too long if they are repetitive or verbose. Submissions must be single PDF files, no more than 12 pages long in double-column ACM format (the sigconf template from, with a simpler version at, excluding the bibliography, well-marked appendices, and supplementary material. Note that reviewers are not required to read the appendices or any supplementary material. Authors should not change the font or the margins of the ACM format. Submissions not following the required format may be rejected without review. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Accepted papers will be published by the ACM Press and/or the ACM Digital Library.

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. Each accepted paper must be presented by one registered author. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk immediate rejection. For questions about these policies, please contact the chairs.

One best paper award will be presented during the workshop.

Please submit your paper via EasyChair.

Proposals for panels are also solicited. The proposals are to be concise, up to 2 pages in length, describe the handled topics, name potential panelists and briefly scope the panel for CCSW. Disruptive and controversial panels are particularly encouraged. Please submit your panel proposals as a PDF by email at

Keynote Speakers

Multiple highly-visible CTOs, CISOs and applied cloud security researchers.


TBA (14-16 papers, keynotes, short papers)


Please register
here on the main CCS website.



Yinqian Zhang, Ohio State University
Radu Sion, Stony Brook University and Private Machines Inc.


Alin Tomescu , VMware Research
Alpa Trivedi , Intel
Alptekin Kupcu , Koc University
Anil Somayaji, Carleton University
Anrin Chakraborti , Stony Brook University
Bogdan Carbunar , Florida International University
Byoungyoung Lee , Seoul National University
Charles Wright , Portland State University
Dimitrios Papadopoulos , The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Erik-Oliver Blass , Airbus Group Innovations
Evgenios Kornaropoulos , University of California, Berkeley
Ghassan Karame , NEC Laboratories Europe
Giorgos Vasiliadis , Qatar Computing Research Institute - HBKU
Guoxing Chen , Facebook
Haya Shulman , Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology
Huibo Wang , Baidu Security
Ioannis Demertzis , University of Maryland
Joel Coffman , United States Air Force Academy
Leendert Van Doorn, Microsoft
Matthias Schunter , Intel
Melek Onen , EURECOM
Ni Trieu , UC Berkeley
Nigel Smart , imec-COSIC, KU Leuven
Nikos Triandopoulos , Stevens Institute of Technology
Pierangela Samarati , Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Reyhaneh Safavi-Naini , University of Calgary
Roberto Di Pietro , Hamad Bin Khalifa University - College of Science and Engineering
Ruby Lee , Princeton University
Sean Smith , Dartmouth College
Sotiris Ioannidis , FORTH
Stefan Katzenbeisser , University of Passau
Tarik Moataz , Aroki Systems
Thomas Schneider , TU Darmstadt
Tianwei Zhang , Nanyang Technological University
Xiaokuan Zhang , The Ohio State University
Yan Huang , Indiana University Bloomington
Yang Zhang , CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Yuqiong Sun , Symantec Research Labs
Zhenyu Ning , Southern University of Science and Technology and Wayne State University
Zhou Li , University of California, Irvine


Srdjan Capkun, ETH Zurich
Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London
Kristin Lauter, Microsoft Research
Radu Sion, Stony Brook University (chair)
Yinqian Zhang, Ohio State University


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