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Condado Plaza Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
December 9–10, 2019
Collocated with ACSAC 2019

SSPREW Merges with SAD

To broaden the reach and focus of the software protection research community, SSPREW has now combined with European researchers as part of the Software Protection Workshop (SPRO) to create a consolidated Workshop on Software Attacks and Defenses (SAD). Plans are for this workshop to alternate between US and European locations, with the first venue being collocated with IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy 2020.


Accepted papers are now published in the ACM Digital Library.

Early Registration Information

Early registration deadline: November 15, 2019

SSPREW-9 is collocated with ACSAC-2019, held at the Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. Visit the ACSAC registration site for arrangement information. Registration cost for SPPREW of $550 (early) / $650 (late) covers breakfast, lunch, and a welcome reception on Tuesday. Group hotel rates are available for the conference and extend through 15 Nov.

Workshop Overview

SSPREW brings together two communities of interest from previous workshops that focus on program protection (PPREW) and software security (SSP). Software security is a discipline that lies at the crossroads of security, cryptography, networks, software engineering, computer architecture, operating systems, and compiler design. Program protection and reverse engineering techniques both find their practical use in malware research and analysis as well as legitimate protection schemes for intellectual property and commercial software. The workshop will focus on how to protect software from tampering, reverse engineering, and piracy as well as techniques of program analysis that support reversing engineering and program understanding.

SSPREW will provide a discussion forum for researchers that are exploring theoretical definitions and frameworks, implementing and using practical methods and empirical studies, and those developing new tools or techniques in this unique area of security. The workshop communities have historically provided exchange of ideas and support for cooperative relationships among researchers in industry, academia, and government.

This year the workshop will feature peer-reviewed technical presentations on original work, a poster session, and talk sessions on potentially non-original research.

Important Dates

Paper Submission: September 23, 2019
Poster/Talk Proposals: October 10, 2019
Author Notification: October 24, 2019
Camera Ready Version: November 4, 2019
Workshop: December 9-10, 2019

Submissions handled through EasyChair. Format guidelines provided on the Call for Papers page.