Mission Statement

The mission of the Security Benchmarking Working Group of SPEC Research is to foster and facilitate innovative research in the security of computer and network systems, with special attention given to benchmarking security systems in virtualized cloud environments, through exchange of ideas and experiences, and dissemination of novel methods, techniques and tools for quantitative evaluation and analysis of security.

General Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Security- and performance-related benchmarking metrics
  • Workloads based on vulnerability and attack injection
  • Security and performance benchmarking methodologies
  • Security and performance benchmarking methods with respect to features and properties of cloud platforms
  • Intelligent placement and ordering of security network functions


  • Analysis of existing security and performance benchmarking efforts
  • Identification of relevant challenges and requirements for benchmarking security systems
  • Development of security and performance benchmarking methodologies
  • Analysis and development of security and performance benchmarking metrics
  • Design and development of security and performance benchmarking framework