Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy (DBSec'21)

Call for Papers

DBSec is an annual international conference covering research in data and applications security and privacy. The 35th Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Working Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy (DBSec 2021) will be hosted in Calgary, Canada (though it is likely to occur virtually given current international travel restrictions).

The conference seeks submissions from academia, industry, and government presenting novel research on all theoretical and practical aspects of data protection, privacy, and applications security. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to (txt):

access controlknowledge discovery and privacysecurity and privacy in the Internet of Things
anonymitymethodologies for data and application securitysecurity and privacy in location-based services
applied cryptography in data securitynetwork securitysecurity and privacy in P2P scenarios and social networks
authenticationorganisational and social aspects of securitysecurity and privacy in pervasive/ubiquitous computing
big data securityprivacysecurity and privacy policies
data and system integritysecure cloud computingsecurity management and audit
data protectionsecure distributed systemssecurity metrics
database securitysecure information integrationthreats, vulnerabilities, and risk management
digital rights managementsecurity and privacy in crowdsourcingtrust and reputation systems
identity managementdistributed and decentralised securitytrust management
intrusion detectionweb securitywireless and mobile security

Paper Submissions

Submitted papers should be at most 16 pages in the LNCS format (author instructions can be found here), excluding bibliography and well-marked appendices, and at most 20 pages in total. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, so the paper should be intelligible without them. Submissions are to be made to the submission website at All submissions must be written in English, and only PDF files will be accepted (a Latex source file will be required for the final version of the accepted papers). The final version of the accepted papers must be in the format required for publications in the LNCS series. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

Papers must be received by the deadline of March 29, 2021 (11:59 PM American Samoa time). A paper submitted to DBSec 2021 cannot be under review for any other conference or journal during the time it is being considered for DBSec 2021. Furthermore, after you submit to DBSec 2021, you must await our response before submitting elsewhere. If you submit your paper to another conference or journal either before/after submission of the paper to DBSec 2021, we will reject your paper without review and will notify the other conference/journal as well. This restriction applies to identical as well as to substantially similar papers.

Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the conference. Accepted papers will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ instructions and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers.

Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.

IFIP author code of conduct:

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IFIP referee code of conduct:

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Important dates

Paper Submission due:March 29 April 12, 2021 – 11:59 PM American Samoa Time
Notification to authors:May 24, 2021
Final Camera-ready papers due:May 31, 2021
Conference Dates:July 19-20, 2021
Program and General Chair:
Ken Barker – University of Calgary, Canada
IFIP WG 11.3 Chair:
Sara Foresti – Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Publicity Chair:
Khosro Salmani – Mount Royal University (MRU), Canada
Publication Chair:
Kambiz Ghazinour – SUNY, USA
Local Arrangement Chair:
Leanne Wu – University of Calgary, Canada

If you have any question, please contact the organizers at
IFIP WG 11.3 home page:

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