International Symposium on Engineering Secure Software and Systems (ESSoS 2015), Milan (Italy), March 4-6 2015

Call for participation

Date: March 4 – 6, 2015
Venue: Milan, Italy
Deadlines: January 25, 2015 (Early bird)

In cooperation with: (pending) ACM SIGSAC and SIGSOFT and IEEE CS (TCSP).

Context and motivation

Trustworthy, secure software is a core ingredient of the modern world. So is the Internet. Hostile, networked environments, like the Internet, can allow vulnerabilities in software to be exploited from anywhere. To address this, high-quality security building blocks (e.g., cryptographic components) are necessary, but insufficient. Indeed, the construction of secure software is challenging because of the complexity of modern applications, the growing sophistication of security requirements, the multitude of available software technologies and the progress of attack vectors. Clearly, a strong need exists for engineering techniques that scale well and that demonstrably improve the software’s security properties.

Goal and setup

The goal of this symposium, which will be the sixth in the series, is to bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the states of the art and practice in secure software engineering. Being one of the few conference-level events dedicated to this topic, it explicitly aims to bridge the software engineering and security engineering communities, and promote cross-fertilization. The symposium will feature two days of technical program. In addition to academic papers, the symposium encourages submission of high-quality, informative industrial experience papers about successes and failures in security software engineering and the lessons learned. Furthermore, the symposium also accepts short idea papers that crisply describe a promising direction, approach, or insight.


ESSoS 2015 will take place in Milano, at Politecnico di Milano, the largest engineering and architecture university in Italy, with more than 39.000 students and 7 campuses. ESSoS will take place at the main campus of the university, located in Milan’s “Città studi” (university neighborhood).

Hotels conveniently located around the Politecnico di Milano have been reserved at preferential rates through our partner KC Travel. A range of accommodations will be available, together with any additional travel services you may require. Details will be posted soon to the ESSoS 2015 website.


Complete overview of the program with paper presentations and demos can be found at the conference website.


Browser technology – essentials for securing the Web
Dr. Philippe De Ryck iMinds-DistriNet, KU Leuven

Effective security management: a tutorial on CVSS v3 and using case control studies to measure vulnerability risk
Luca Allodi & Fabio Massacci


The botnet that would not die Keynote talk
Herbert Bos (VU Amsterdam)

The European Strategic Agenda for Research and Innovation in Cybersecurity
Afonso Ferreira (European Commission)

Rocco Mammoliti (Poste Italiane)

Felix Lindner (Recurity Labs GmbH)