Visible to the public Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition

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4th Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition

Closed for Submissions March 31st, 2016 - Annoucment of Winner expected Fall 2016. Thank You to all who have nominated.

Submission Guidelines

About the Competition

In order to encourage the development of the scientific foundations of cybersecurity, the National Security Agency (NSA) established The Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition. NSA invites nominations of papers that show an outstanding contribution to cybersecurity science. A set of Distinguished Experts will review the nominations according to the criteria below. Awardees will be invited to NSA to receive the award and present the winning paper to an audience of cybersecurity experts.

Nominations and Eligibility

Papers published in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, or technical conferences are eligible for nomination. The date of the publication must be between January 1st 2015 and December 31st 2015. Nominations should include, in 500 words or less, a nomination statement describing the scientific contribution of the paper and explaining why this paper merits the award. A strong nomination statement is desired and will be used as part of the criteria when evaluating paper submissions. Nominated papers must be available in English and pdf format. Nominations must be submitted via this site. The nominator may not be an author or co-author of the nominated paper. If a paper includes a reviewer as a co-author it may not be considered for an award. Papers may come from any field of cybersecurity research. (Please refer to the SoS-VO discussion forum What is Security Science?)


A set of distinguished experts will review the submitted nominations and provide individual assessments to the NSA Research Directorate.

The following individuals have agreed to serve as distinguished experts for the 4th annual competition:

Dr. Whitfield Diffie, Cybersecurity Advisor
Dr. Dan Geer, In-Q-Tel
Dr. John McLean, Naval Research Laboratory
Prof. Angela Sasse, University College London
Prof. Fred Schneider, Cornell University
Mr. Phil Venables, Goldman Sachs
Prof. David Wagner, University California at Berkeley
Dr. Jeannette Wing, Microsoft Research

For additional information on the review team.

The NSA Research Directorate will recommend awardees to the NSA Director of Research, whose decision will be final. Considerations in the evaluation of the nominated paper may include:

Scientific merit and significance of the work reported, the degree to which the paper exemplifies how to perform and report scientific research in cybersecurity.

Competition Timeline

Submission Period Begins: December 1, 2015
Submission Period for Entries Ends: March 31, 2016 11:59 PM, EST.
Evaluation Process for Entries Begins: April 1, 2016
Evaluation Process for Entries Ends: June 13, 2016
Winners Notified: July 1, 2016
Winners Announced: September 30, 2016