Joint Workshop on
Automated Reasoning for Security Protocol Analysis
Issues in the Theory of Security
Affiliated with ETAPS 2010
Paphos, Cyprus
March 27-28, 2010

Background, aim and scope - Instructions for authors - Important dates - PC - Additional information

Background, aim and scope

Computer security is an established field of computer science of both theoretical and practical significance. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in logic-based foundations for various methods in computer security, including the formal specification, analysis and design of security protocols and their applications, the formal definition of various aspects of security such as access control mechanisms, mobile code security and denial-of-service attacks, and the modeling of information flow and its application to confidentiality policies, system composition, and covert channel analysis.

ARSPA is a series of workshops on Automated Reasoning for Security Protocol Analysis, bringing together researchers and practitioners from both the security and the formal methods communities, from academia and industry, who are working on developing and applying automated reasoning techniques and tools for the formal specification and analysis of security protocols. The first two ARSPA workshops were held as satellite events of the 2nd International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning (IJCAR'04) and of the 32nd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming (ICALP'05), respectively. ARSPA then joined forces with the workshop FCS (Foundations of Computer Security): FCS-ARSPA'06 was affiliated with LICS'06, in the context of FLoC'06, and FCS-ARSPA'07 was affiliated with LICS'07 and ICALP'07.

WITS is the official annual workshop organised by the IFIP WG 1.7 on "Theoretical Foundations of Security Analysis and Design", established to promote the investigation on the theoretical foundations of security, discovering and promoting new areas of application of theoretical techniques in computer security and supporting the systematic use of formal techniques in the development of security related applications. This is the tenth meeting in the series.

In 2008, ARSPA and WITS joined with the workshop on Foundations of Computer Security FCS for a joint workshop FCS-ARSPA-WITS'08 associated with LICS 2008 and CSF 21. In 2009, ARSPA and WITS joined forces for the joint workshop ARSPA-WITS'09, which was associated with ETAPS 2009. In 2010, ARSPA and WITS will again join forces for the joint workshop ARSPA-WITS'10, which is associated with ETAPS 2010. The aim of ARSPA-WITS'10 is to provide a forum for continued activity in different areas of computer security, bringing computer security researchers in closer contact with the ETAPS community and giving ETAPS attendees an opportunity to talk to experts in computer security, on the one hand, and contribute to bridging the gap between logical methods and computer security foundations, on the other.

We are interested both in new results in theories of computer security and also in more exploratory presentations that examine open questions and raise fundamental concerns about existing theories, as well as in new results on developing and applying automated reasoning techniques and tools for the formal specification and analysis of security protocols. We thus solicit submissions of papers both on mature work and on work in progress. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Automated reasoning techniques
Composition issues
Formal specification
Foundations of verification
Information flow analysis
Language-based security
Logic-based design
Program transformation
Security models
Static analysis
Statistical methods
Trust management
Access control and resource usage control
Availability and denial of service
Covert channels
Integrity and privacy
Intrusion detection
Malicious code
Mobile code
Mutual distrust
Security policies
Security protocols

Instructions for authors

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the workshop. To preserve ARSPA-WITS's tradition of being an open forum, authors may decide whether they would like a revised version of a paper to appear in the post-proceedings. Authors should clearly state at time of submission whether a paper is intended for presentation only or also for publication: this should be stated at the end of the abstract of the paper. Papers for presentation only may substantially overlap other (cited) work of the authors. This choice will not affect the selection procedure in any other way.

Submissions should be at most 16 page long excluding references and appendices with a total length not exceeding 20 pages. Manuscripts should be written in the Springer LNCS style available at the URL If your paper does not fit into this page limit, please contact the Program Chairs before submitting your paper.

Authors are invited to submit their papers electronically, as portable document format (pdf) or postscript (ps); please, do not send files formatted for work processing packages (e.g., Microsoft Word or Wordperfect files). The only mechanism for paper submissions is via the electronic submission web-site powered by EasyChair.

The post-proceedings of the workshop will be published by in the series.

A special issue of the Journal of Computer Security, with an additional reviewing process, is also planned.

Important dates

Program Committee

Additional Information

Further information about registration, travel, and venue can be found at the website of ETAPS'10.

The workshop is supported by the AVANTSSAR Project.