WEIS 2008

June 25-27, 2008
The Center for Digital Strategies and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH (USA)


How much should we spend on security? What incentives really drive privacy decisions? What are the trade-offs that individuals, firms, and governments face when allocating resources to protect data assets? Are there good ways to distribute risks and align goals when securing information systems?

The 2008 Workshop on the Economics of Information Security builds on the success of the previous six Workshops and invites original research papers on topics related to the economics of information security and the economics of privacy. Security and privacy threats rarely have purely technical causes. Economic, behavioral, and legal factors often contribute as much as technology to the dependability of information and information systems. Until recently, research in security and dependability focused almost exclusively on technical factors, rather than incentives. The application of economic analysis to these problems has now become an exciting and fruitful area of research.

We encourage economists, computer scientists, business school researchers, law scholars, security and privacy specialists, as well as industry experts to submit their research and attend the Workshop. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and theoretical economic studies of:

- Optimal security investment
- Software and system dependability
- Privacy, confidentiality, and anonymity
- Vulnerabilities, patching, and disclosure
- DRM and trusted computing
- Trust and reputation systems
- Security models and metrics
- Behavioral security and privacy
- Information systems liability and insurance
- Information threat modeling and risk management
- Phishing and spam

Important dates

Submissions due: March 1, 2008
Notification of acceptance: April 10, 2008
Workshop: June 25-27, 2008

Papers should be submitted online by 11:59 EST on Saturday, March 1, 2008, preferably in PDF format.

Submitted manuscripts should represent significant and novel research contributions. Please note that WEIS has no formal formatting guidelines. Previous contributors spanned fields from economics and psychology to computer science and law, each with different norms and expectations about manuscript length and formatting. Advisable rules of thumb include: using past WEIS accepted papers as templates and adhering to your community's publication standards.

There will be no printed proceedings for this Workshop. As with the preceding Workshops, accepted papers will be posted on the Workshop site.

Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business