Call for Papers

The Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS) is the leading forum for interdisciplinary scholarship on information security and privacy, combining expertise from the fields of economics, social science, business, law, policy, and computer science. Prior workshops have explored the role of incentives between attackers and defenders of information systems, examined human behavior surrounding security decision-making, identified market failures surrounding Internet security, quantified risks of personal data
disclosure, and assessed investments in cyber-defense. WEIS 2016 will build on past efforts using empirical and analytic tools not only to understand threats, but also to strengthen security and privacy through novel evaluations of available solutions.

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

  • Optimal investment in information security
  • Models and analysis of online crime (including botnets, phishing, and spam)
  • Risk management and cyber-insurance
  • Security standards and regulation
  • Cyber-security and privacy policy
  • Security and privacy models and metrics
  • Economics of privacy and anonymity
  • Behavioral security and privacy
  • Vulnerability discovery, disclosure, and patching
  • Cyber-defense strategy and game theory
  • Incentives for information sharing and cooperation
  • Incentives for and against pervasive monitoring threats


  • Submission deadline: 26 February 2016 4 March 2016
  • Acceptance notification: 11 April 2016
  • Final papers (revisions): 9 May 2016
  • Conference dates: 13-14 June 2016


Manuscripts should represent significant and novel research contributions. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, 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.

Selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Cybersecurity, a new, interdisciplinary, open access journal published by Oxford University Press.

Thanks to our sponsors, a number of student travel grants are also available. Please contact for more information.

Online paper submission is via Easy Chair.