The 9th IEEE Technically Sponsored International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software  (MALCON 2014) will be held at the Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador Resort, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA, October 28-30th, 2014 (October 30th, 2014 - optional). This year’s conference has adopted as its main theme "The Malware Threat in the Era of Unlimited Computing Power" in recognition of a major paradigm shift that has transformed the computer industry as a whole, and created major challenges to the IT security community in particular.

Over the last 12 years, Cloud Computing has become a dominant computing model. Applications and data reside in the “Cloud”, and are accessed via Smartphones and other mobile devices owned and operated by customers, employees, and suppliers no longer part of the traditional enterprise physical network, e.g., “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD).  Within this context, three major research trends have emerged.  

First, at the periphery, the end-point device is a mobile BYOD with security and mobility properties never anticipated. If the end-point device is owned and operated by the employee of a large corporation, and the boundaries between "personal" and "corporate" data, as well as between applications disappears, then what is the protection model that can be used? Is the device to be "trusted", ”untrusted”, or simply operate in different modes of protection, one when interacting in a corporate environment, and one when being used strictly as a personal device?

Second, the existence of either a physical or a logical "Trusted Domain" that resides and operates within the confines of a single corporate entity has disappeared. We invite manuscripts exploring new models of protection that do not depend on ownership or management of a Corporate Trusted Domain, and incorporate elements where part of the data, applications, and infrastructure are managed by third parties such as, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or even the local Starbucks WiFi.

Third, reaching consensus on a protection model for the new cloud computing paradigm is an important challenge – especially developing new standards for measuring protection. Do we protect the traffic? the data? the applications?  How do we measure protection?  In this last area, we clearly understand that measuring how many resident infected files are detected by an anti-malware product is a very limiting and not very useful measure. We encourage authors to propose innovative solutions to this problem, and the set of associate metrics to be used.

Finally, while deservedly significant attention has been, and should continue to be devoted to the research areas described above, another critical problem deserves our attention at this juncture, namely the impact of “Big Data” and, now, “Fast Data” on IT security.  The virtually unlimited power and speed of computing resources now available enables a cornucopia of new strategies and tactics for both attackers and defenders.  For example, algorithms for running higher order correlations over vast arrays of distributed meta-data in near real-time that were previously only theoretical have now become practical.  Contributions that explore the implications and uses of this escalation for both attackers and defenders are welcomed.


Submissions are solicited in, but not limited to, the following areas:


Theoretical aspects and new directions in Malware related research, specifically, manuscripts that explore the concepts of “Trust Domains” that do not have or desire physical boundaries

Smartphone Malware, protecting a new class of end-points with hyper-mobility

Analysis and measurements of real Malware incidents

Worms, viruses and other propagating Malware

Spyware, keystroke loggers, information theft Malware

Honeypots and other sample collection methodologies

Botnet attacks, detection/tracking and defense

Malware economics and black market studies

Code reverse engineering tools and practices

Malware performance, analysis and capture tools

Anti-spam and anti-phishing techniques and practices

Legal aspects of unwanted software use

Malware and its impact in social networking and cloud computing

Rootkit and virtualization techniques

Malware in wireless mobile devices




The proceedings of the conference will be published in printed, and DVD, form and will be included in the IEEE Xplore digital library.  In addition, the Conference’s Technical Program Committee will select one manuscript as a recipient of the “Best Paper Award”.  The Best Paper Award author, together with the authors of a few selected manuscripts from the conference, will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue of the Journal of Computer Security.


Paper Submission Information


Papers should be submitted through EDAS system at:

Submitted manuscripts must be 10-point font size, and should not exceed 8 single-spaced pages in length, including the abstract, figures, and references. Authors whose manuscript exceeds the 8 page limit may be allowed to include two additional pages for an extra charge.  However, under no circumstances shall a submitted manuscript exceed the 10 page limit. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings


Additional Information

For more information on Malware 2014  or if you are interested in contributing to the organization of the conference please contact Dr. Fernando C. Colon Osorio, General Program Chair, Malware 2014 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our web site  For information concerning submission of an original manuscript to the conference, please contact the Technical Program Committee Chairs (TPC), Dr. Anthony Arrott, Trends Micro, USA - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">mailto:, and Prof. Arun Lakhoita,  Director of CajunBot Lab,  University of Louisiana at Lafayette - mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Submission of papers


Research Track

* Aug  12th, 2014, 23:59:59 EST, Deadline Extended

Industry Track

Aug 12th, 2014, 23:59:59 EST

Short Paper Track

Aug 12th,, 2014, 23:59:59 EST

Notification of Acceptance

September 12th, 2014, 23:59:59 EST

Camera ready paper:

September 19th, 2014: 23:59:59 EST

Conference dates

October 28-30, 2014

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 May 2014 )