The Workshop on Usable Security and Privacy (USEC) serves as an international forum for research and discussion in the area of human factors in security and privacy. USEC is a workshop with proceedings.

USEC 2022 will be held on March 3, 2022 in conjunction with NDSS at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in San Diego, California.

It is the aim of USEC to contribute to an increase of the scientific quality of research in human factors in security and privacy. To this end, we encourage replication studies to validate previous research findings. Papers in these categories should be clearly marked as such and will not be judged against regular submissions on novelty. Rather, they will be judged based on scientific quality and value to the community. We also encourage reports of faded experiments. They must highlight the lessons learned and provide recommendations on how to avoid falling into the same traps.

Call for Papers

We invite submissions from academia, government, and industry presenting novel research on all aspects of human-centric security and privacy. We welcome a variety of research methods, including empirical research and design research.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • innovative security or privacy functionality and design
  • new applications of existing models or technology
  • usability evaluations of new or existing security or privacy features and lessons learned
  • security testing of new or existing usability features
  • psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of security and privacy
  • research and design methodologies for human-centric security and privacy research
  • reports of replicating previously published studies and experiments
  • reports of failed usable privacy/security studies or experiments, with the focus on the lessons learned from such experience
  • inclusive security and privacy
  • ethics in human-centric security and privacy research

All submissions must clearly relate to the human aspects of security or privacy. Papers on security or privacy that do not address usability or human factors will not be considered. Like wise, papers on usability or human factors that do not address security or privacy will not be considered. The determination of whether a paper is within scope will be solely at the discretion of the program committee chairs.

For accepted papers, at least one author must attend USEC 2022 (either physically or virtually).

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: November 26, 2021
  • Decision notification: January 24, 2022