Visible to the public Symposium on the Science of Security (HotSoS)

Visible to the public 


HoTSoS is a research event centered on the Science of Security, which aims to address the fundamental problems of security in a principled manner. The eighth annual HoTSoS event will be virtually hosted by
The National Security Agency on April 13-15, 2021.

HotSoS brings together researchers from diverse disciplines to promote advancement of work related to the science of security. The 8th Symposium continues the series’ emphasis on cyber-security with a strong methodology and scientific rigor. This symposium solicits presentations of already published work in security and privacy, particularly that which examines the scientific foundations of trustworthy systems. In addition to these presentations, the symposium solicits work in progress papers for discussion, presentations of student research projects, and research posters. The program will also include invited talks and panels. The poster session will be highlighted by a poster competition.


Ther program this year will also include a special breakout discussion session centered around Science of Security Hard Problems. The SoS community influencers are revisiting the SoS Hard Problems and their definitions in preparation for a second decade of the National Security Agency (NSA) Science of Security and Privacy Program. 

If you have an idea for a hard problem, submit it by March 17 March 21 to  no longer accepting submissions . Germane hard problem submissions will be invited to give a five minute presentation at the breakout discussion session. The SoS Lablet Principal Investigators and NSA leaders will consider the proposed hard problems in a revisit to the Hard Problems report.

Please see full details in the Call for Hard Problems

The Science of Security (SoS) emphasizes the advancement of research methods as well as the development of new research results. This dual focus is intended to improve both the confidence we gain from scientific results and also the capacity and efficiency through which we address increasingly technical problems.

We had many excellent talks at HotSoS 2020.
The recorded keynotes, paper, and poster presentations are linked from the agenda here:

Program Agendas:  2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012
Call for Papers:        20202019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014



HotSoS is sponsored by the National Security Agency