Call for Papers


The Twelfth Conference on Security and Cryptography for Networks (SCN 2020) aims to bring together researchers in the field of cryptography and information security, practitioners, developers, and users to foster cooperation, exchange techniques, tools, experiences and ideas. The conference seeks submissions from academia, government, and industry presenting novel research on all practical and theoretical aspects of cryptography and information security. The primary focus is on original, high quality, unpublished research of theoretical and practical impact, including concepts, techniques, applications and practical experiences. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference/workshop with proceedings.


All topic areas related to cryptography and information security are of interest and in scope. Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

  • Anonymity and Privacy
  • Applied Cryptography and Implementations
  • Authentication, Identification and Access Control
  • Block and Stream Ciphers
  • Complexity-Theoretic Cryptography
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Cryptanalysis
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Cryptographic Hash Functions
  • Cryptographic and Security Protocols
  • Digital Signatures and Message Authentication Codes
  • Distributed Systems Security
  • Formal Security Methods
  • Information-Theoretic Security
  • Network, Web and Wireless Security
  • Public-Key Encryption
  • Physical Cryptography
  • Security Architectures and Models
  • Software and Systems Security


Authors are invited to submit electronically (PDF format) a non-anonymous extended abstract. The extended abstract should be typeset using 11-point or larger fonts, in a single-column, single-space (between lines) format and have reasonable margins. Submissions deviating significantly from these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. All submissions will be treated as confidential, and will only be disclosed to the committee and their chosen sub-referees. The submission should begin with a title, followed by the names, affiliations and contact information of all authors, and a short abstract. The length of the submission should be at most 14 pages excluding the title page, bibliography, and appendices. Within these 14 pages the submission should clearly indicate the results achieved, their significance, and their relation to other work in the area. Referees are not required to read appendices; the paper should be intelligible without them. Submissions must not substantially duplicate work that was published elsewhere, or work that any of the authors has submitted in parallel to a journal or to any other conference or workshop with proceedings.

Best Paper award

All submissions are eligible for the Best Paper award. The committee may decide to split the award between multiple papers, or to decline to make an award.


Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the conference.


COVID-19 UPDATE: We will keep monitoring the COVID-19 diffusion, following all the directives that will come from the National institutions, in the hope it will be over by September. In the unfortunate case in which some attendees will not be able to participate for reasons related to COVID-19, we will implement measures like flexible cancellation policies ands, for authors, alternative methods for presentations such as pre-recorded videos or live streaming.

Proceedings and Special Issue

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

A Special issue of Journal of Computer Security will be devoted to selected papers from SCN 2020.

Dates and Deadlines

Submission: April 19, 2020, 23:59 GMT
May 5, 2020, 23:59 GMT
Notification to authors: June 14, 2020
Camera-Ready Version: June 28, 2020
Early Registration: July 31, 2020
Late Registration: September 2, 2020
Conference: September 14-16, 2020

Program Chair

Vladimir Kolesnikov, Georgia Institute of Technology

Program Committee

Divesh Aggarwal, National University of Singapore
Elena Andreeva, Technical University of Denmark, DTU
Gilad Asharov, Bar-Ilan University
Saikrishna Badrinarayanan, Visa Research
Manuel Barbosa, University of Porto
Jeremiah Blocki, Purdue University
David Cash, University of Chicago
Dario Catalano, University of Catania
Nishanth Chandran, Microsoft
Sebastian Faust, Technische Universität Darmstadt 
Juan A. Garay, Texas A&M University
Romain Gay, Cornell Tech
Stanislaw Jarecki, University of California Irvine
Benoit Libert, CNRS and ENS de Lyon
Vadim Lyubashevsky, IBM Zurich
Daniel Masny, VISA Research
Payman Mohassel, Calibra Inc.
Svetla Nikova, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Ryo Nishimaki, NTT
Emmanuela Orsini, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Giuseppe Persiano, University of Salerno
Mike Rosulek, Oregon State University
Elaine Shi, Cornell University
Francois-Xavier Standaert, Université Catholique de Louvain
Marc Stevens, CWI
Daniele Venturi, Sapienza University of Rome
Damien Vergnaud, Sorbonne Université and IUF
Ivan Visconti, University of Salerno
Xiao Wang, Northwestern University
Daniel Wichs, Northeastern University
Vassilis Zikas, University of Edinburgh

General Chair

Clemente Galdi, University of Salerno, Italy

Local Organization

Luigi Catuogno, University of Salerno, Italy
Giuseppe Fenza, University of Salerno, Italy
Graziano Fuccio, University of Salerno, Italy
Francesco Orciuoli, University of Salerno, Italy
Rocco Zaccagnino, University of Salerno, Italy

Steering Committee

Carlo Blundo, Università di Salerno, Italy
Alfredo De Santis, Università di Salerno, Italy
Ueli Maurer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Rafail Ostrovsky, University of California – Los Angeles, USA
Giuseppe Persiano, Università di Salerno, Italy
Jacques Stern, ENS Paris, France
Douglas Stinson, University of Waterloo, Canada
Gene Tsudik, University of California – Irvine, USA
Moti Yung, Google, USA