Nordsec 2020

The 25th Nordic Conference on Secure IT Systems
November 23-25

Keynote speaker: Elisa Bertino

Samuel Conte Professor of Computer Science, Purdue University

Title: Security, Privacy and Safety in the IoT

Call for Papers

NordSec is an annual research conference series that has been running since 1996. The NordSec conferences address a broad range of topics on IT security. The events bring together security researchers from the Nordic countries, Northern Europe, and beyond. In addition to being venue for academic publishing, NordSec is an important meeting place for university faculty, students, and industry experts from the region. The proceedings consist of peer-reviewed articles and are published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Nordsec 2020 will be arranged as a online conference with virtual participation.

Background, aim and scope

NordSec addresses a broad range of topics within IT security with the aim of bringing together computer security researchers and encouraging interaction between academia and industry. In addition to regular research paper submissions, we invite participants to present their current ideas and work-in-progress in a shorter presentation format (replacing the poster session).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Access control and security models
  • AI for security and security for AI
  • Applied cryptography
  • Blockchains
  • Cloud security
  • Cryptographic protocols
  • Cyber crime, warfare, and forensics
  • Economic, legal, and social aspects of security
  • Formal analysis
  • Hardware and embedded security
  • Information flow security
  • Intrusion detection and mitigation
  • Language-based security
  • Mobile and Internet of Things security
  • Privacy and anonymity
  • Risk assessment
  • Security and machine learning
  • Security education and training
  • Security management and audit
  • Security metrics
  • Security usability
  • Social engineering and phishing
  • Software security and malware
  • Threat modelling
  • Trust and identity management
  • Trusted computing
  • Vulnerability testing
  • Web application security

Contributions should reflect original research, developments, studies and experience. Submitted papers should not exceed 16 pages (including references and appendices) in Springer LNCS format. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

Important dates

Submissions due: 2020-08-25 2020-09-01
Notification of acceptance: 2020-09-30
Poster abstract submission deadline 2020-10-13
Camera ready copy 2020-10-15
Poster notification 2020-10-23
Early registration deadline 2020-10-23


All submitted papers will be judged based on their quality and relevance through double-blind reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. As an author, you are required to make a good-faith effort to preserve the anonymity of your submission, while at the same time allowing the reader to fully grasp the context of related past work, including your own. Minimally, please take the following steps when preparing your submission:

  • Remove the names and affiliations of authors from the title page.
  • Remove acknowledgment of identifying names and funding sources.
  • Use care in referring to related work, particularly your own. Do not omit references to provide anonymity, as this leaves the reviewer unable to grasp the context. Instead, reference your past work in the third person, just as you would any other piece of related work by another author.
  • Papers must not exceed 16 pages.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the program committee listed below.

Papers should be formatted using the Springer LNCS format and must be submitted online, in PDF format, via Easychair.

Submit here.


Organizing committee

General chair

Mikael Asplund

Program chairs

Simin Nadjm-Tehrani
Mikael Asplund

Poster session chair

Felipe Boeira

Technical program committee

  • Magnus Almgren, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Tuomas Aura, Aalto University, Finland
  • Stefan Axelsson, Halmstad University, Sweden
  • Musard Balliu, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Billy Brumley, Tampere University, Finland
  • Sonja Buchegger, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • György Dán, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Christian Damsgaard Jensen, DTU, Denmark
  • Nicola Dragoni, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Mathias Ekstedt, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Katrin Franke, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Ulrik Franke, RISE, Sweden
  • Martin Gilje Jaatun, SINTEF Digital, Norway
  • Nils Gruschka, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Meiko Jensen, Kiel University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Thomas Johansson, Lund University, Sweden
  • Kristian Gjøsteen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Dieter Gollmann, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
  • Kimmo Halunen, VTT, Finland
  • Rene Rydhof Hansen, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Tor Helleseth, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Audun Jøsang, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Marcel Kyas, Reykjavik University, Iceland
  • Martin Hell, Lund University, Sweden
  • Luigi Lo Iacono, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Ville Leppänen, University of Turku, Finland
  • Stefan Lindskog, Karlstad University, Sweden and SINTEF Digital, Norway
  • Olaf Maennel, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Raimundas Matulevicius, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Per Håkon Meland, Sintef, Norway
  • Nils Nordbotten, FFI, Norway
  • Tomas Olovsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Hans P. Reiser, University of Passau, Germany
  • Mohit Sethi, Aalto University, Finland
  • Einar Snekkenes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Teodor Sommestad, FOI, Sweden
  • Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Stephen Wolthusen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Øyvind Ytrehus, University of Bergen, Norway

Supporting Nordsec

Supporting organisations

Previous editions

  • Nordsec 2019, Aalborg, Denmark, LNCS 11875, editors Aslan Askarov, René Rydhof Hansen and Willard Rafnsson
  • NordSec 2018, Oslo, Norway, LNCS 11252, editor Nils Gruschka, general chair Audun Jøsang
  • NordSec 2017, Tartu, Estonia) LNCS 10674, editors Helger Lipmaa, Katerina Mitrokotsa and Raimundas Matulevičius
  • NordSec 2016, Oulu, Finland, LNCS 1014, editors Juha Röning and Billy Brumley
  • NordSec 2015, Stockholm, Sweden, LNCS 9417, editors Sonja Buchegger and Mads Dam
  • NordSec 2014, Tromsø, Norway, LNCS 8788, editors Karin Bernsmed and Simone Fischer-Hübner

All previous conferences can be found here