7th Workshop on
Hot Issues in Security Principles and Trust (HotSpot 2021)

Affiliated with Euro S&P 2021, 6th of September 2021 online.

Organized by the Theory of Security working group IFIP WG 1.7.

Aim and Scope

The principles of security and trust remain an area of intense and creative work. This work is focused primarily on defining security and trust goals, developing methods to verify that systems meet those goals, and to synthesize systems that meet those goals by construction.

The areas of interest for HotSpot cut across many application areas, including hardware-software connections, vulnerability discovery and program verification, distributed and cloud systems, big data, machine learning for (and against) security and privacy, and single-purpose systems such as voting, electronic currency and smart contracts. The areas of interest are unified however by a focus on rigorous models and reasoning, clear semantics, and a balance between proof and empirical methods.


The one-day workshop will be divided into a sequence of four main sessions. Each session will be devoted to a set of talks on related topics, both with invited talks and submitted papers. We expect the session topics to be drawn from the following list:


Submissions on all formally-grounded topics related to security, privacy and trust are welcome. They can either be

  1. an informal submission, consisting of an abstract or a paper that may appear formally elsewhere.
  2. a full submission, to be included in an IEEE Xplore volume accompanying the main IEEE EuroS&P 2021 proceedings.

Submission will be via Easy Chair, a link will be published here shortly. Submission for publications must be in the IEEE Conference Format and not exceed 12 pages excluding references and well-marked appendices. (The appendices will not be published, and reviewers are not obliged to read them.)

Important Dates

Program Committee

This workshop is organised by IFIP WG 1.7: Theoretical Foundations of Security Analysis and Design.

See also HotSpot 2020