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WISARC 2016 : Second International Workshop on Information Security, Assurance and Reliability in the Cloud


When Dec 6, 2016 - Dec 9, 2012
Where Shangai, China
Submission Deadline Jul 30, 2016
Notification Due Aug 30, 2016
Final Version Due Sep 21, 2016
Categories    computer science   cloud   security

Call For Papers


Second International Workshop on Information Security,
Assurance and Reliability in the Cloud (WISARC)∼inacio/wisarc/

In conjunction with the 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on
Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2016)
December 6–9, 2016, Shanghai, China


Cloud computing is a major research area. Much of the discussion is due to the
security issues it poses as a new technology and to the IT paradigm shift, as
well as the fact that increasing cybersecurity concerns have a direct impact
on the cloud. Issues span from fundamental confidentiality assurance of data
in rest and motion, due to data outsourcing, to regulation and jurisdiction
problems of legal data ownership and takeover. The virtualization technology
that supports the building blocks for multi-tenant infrastructures also poses
novel security risks and vulnerabilities that need to be properly addressed.
Ironically, the interplay of these new technologies paves the way for the
development of novel defenses against the very threats that arise in the
current attack landscape. For example, virtual machine escape vulnerabilities
are specific to virtualization technology, the same one that simplifies
dynamic malware analysis.

Cloud computing research is a multidisciplinary effort involving cryptography,
networking, software development, system architecture, among others. This
workshop aims to attract innovative research works and foster discussions
addressing technical, policy and legal issues of information security,
assurance and reliability in cloud computing environments, elaborating on
distinguished and emerging topics that are of interest to both the academia
and the industry.

Topics of Interest

The Technical Program Committee of WISARC 2016 invites researchers and
practitioners to prepare high-quality submissions describing unpublished
theoretical or practical research related with, but not limited to, the
following topics:

* Architecture security of web services and web protocols;
* Assurance of data sanitization in the Cloud;
* Auditability of cloud systems;
* Big data and log analysis;
* Cloud and BYOD integration security;
* Cloud availability and resources starvation;
* Cloud-focused attacks;
* Cloud forensics;
* Cryptography for the Cloud;
* Cryptography in trust models and trusted computing technology;
* Cybercriminality, APTs and cybersecurity leveraging the Cloud;
* Enforcement of security in hybrid clouds;
* Interclouds security;
* Modern malware analysis;
* Multi-factor auth (authentication and authorization);
* Network perimeter security, monitoring and SIEM in the Cloud for incident response;
* Network steganography;
* Privacy and anonymization in Cloud systems;
* Reliable and privacy-preserving outsourced storage and distributed computing;
* Secure (federated) identity management and SSO architectures;
* Secure and reliable Cloud programming models;
* Secure generation and management of cryptography secrets in VMs;
* Security issues in software-defined networks;
* Security of open-source Cloud software;
* Trust and policy management in cloud systems;
* Virtualization and sandbox security and VM isolation assurance.

Important Dates

* Paper submission due: July 30, 2016 (UTC midnight)
* Notification of acceptance: August 30, 2016
* Camera-ready submission and early author registration deadline: September 21, 2016
* Workshop: December 6-9, 2016


Manuscripts submitted to this workshop should be structured as technical papers
and may not exceed six (6) single-spaced double-column pages using 10-point
size font on 8.5x11 inch pages using the IEEE conference style. The page limit
includes title, abstract, figures and references. Submissions exceeding the
page limit will not be reviewed. Manuscripts must be received by July 30, 2016.
Submissions must be in PDF format and issued via EasyChair by following the

All manuscripts will be reviewed by the Technical Program Committee and
evaluated on originality, relevance  of  the problem to the workshop theme,
technical strength, rigor in analysis, quality of results, and organization and
clarity of the presentation. Submitted papers must represent original
unpublished research that is not currently under review for any other
conference or journal. Papers not following these guidelines will be rejected
without review and further action may be taken, including (but not limited to)
notifications sent to the heads of the institutions of the authors and sponsors
of the conferences.   Authors may contact the Program Chairs using the email
addresses included below for further information or clarification.

Notification of review decisions will be mailed by August 30, 2016.
Camera-ready papers are due by September 21, 2016. Published proceedings will
be available at the conference. At least one author of each paper must be
registered for the conference in order for the paper to be published in the
proceedings. Presentation of an accepted paper at the workshop is a requirement
for publication also. There is no student rate for the author responsible for
the registration of his/her published paper. In case of having more than one
accepted paper, authors have to register for each one individually. There is no
discount associated with having more than one paper accepted.

Program Co-Chairs

* Aleksandra Milena (
Goce Delcev University, Macedonia

* Diogo A. B. Fernandes (
PepsiCo, Poland

* Pedro R. M. Inácio (
University of Beira Interior and Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal

Technical Program Committee

* Damien Magoni, University of Bordeaux, France
* Danilo Gligoroski, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
* Giampaolo Bella, University of Catania, Italy
* Henrique Santos, University of Minho, Portugal
* Hugues Mercier, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
* Krzysztof Szczypiorski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
* Mário Freire, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
* Mauro Conti, University of Padua, Italy
* Miguel Correia, University of Lisbon, Portugal
* Mohammad-Reza Memarian, University of Turku, Finland
* Rui Silva, Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Portugal
* Shujun Li, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
* Simona Bernardi, Centro Universitario de la Defensa, Academia General Militar, Spain
* Vesselin Velichkov, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
* Ville Leppänen, University of Turku, Finland

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