Twenty-fourth International Workshop on Security Protocols

Brno, Czech Republic — 7-8 April 2016

The Twenty-fourth International Workshop on Security Protocols will take place from Wednesday April 6th to Friday April 8th, 2016 at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. As with previous years, attendance at the International Workshop on Security Protocols is by invitation only.


In keeping with this year’s location — Brno is where Gregor Mendel presented his seminal Versuche über Pflanzenhybriden (Experiments on Plant Hybridization) — our theme is “Evolving Security”.

Security protocols evolve: security requirements evolve, and so do security mechanisms. Just to keep things fair, attackers have been evolving their agenda and capabilities as well. And, of course, there are the protocols that refuse to evolve, despite selection pressure to do so: what are they, and when will they go extinct?

Evolution itself is also a potential source of conceptual inspiration for designing new security processes and models. Is our password-shaped appendix still useful? Does natural selection really apply to all security protocols, or only in some contexts? To what extent are security properties epigenetic? What does security “fitness” even mean?

Note: this theme is not intended to restrict the topic of your paper, but to help provide a particular perspective and focus to the discussions. Our intention is to stimulate discussion likely to lead to conceptual advances, or to promising new lines of investigation, rather than to consider finished work.


Short indicative submissions are preferred, preferably no more than 2000 words. You will have the opportunity to extend and revise your paper both before the pre-proceedings are issued, and again after the workshop. At the workshop, you will be expected to spend about ten minutes introducing the idea of your paper, in a way which facilitates a longer more general discussion. Pre-proceedings will be provided at the workshop.

See the Submission page for more details.


Date(s) Significance
8 February
31 January
Submission of position papers
22 February Invitations to authors
14 March Revised papers due
14 March Registration deadline
6-8 April Workshop

If you are invited to the workshop, don’t forget that you can send us a revised copy of your paper (for inclusion in the pre-proceedings) by the deadline above.


If you have any enquiries about the workshop that are not answered by the Dates, Ground Rules or Submission pages, please contact the Chair of this year’s organising committee (Jonathan Anderson).


Workshop schedule
15 Mar 2016

We have posted the schedule of talks for the workshop.

Registration open
3 Mar 2016

The registration page is now available for invited authors.

Provisional schedule
29 Feb 2016

A provisional schedule has been posted on the schedule page. The dates are 7–8 April 2016.