Second International Workshop on Information Security, Assurance, and Reliability in the Cloud (WISARC)
6-9 December 2016
Shanghai, China

In conjunction with the
9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2016)


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 of  WISARC  2016  invites  researchers  and practitioners  to  prepare  high-quality  submissions  describing  unpublished theoretical or  practical research related  with,  but  not  limited  to,  the following topics: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: deadline extended to 14 August 2016 (UTC midnight)
  • Notification of acceptance: 11 September 2016
  • Camera-ready submission and early author registration deadline: 21 September 2016
  • Workshop: 6-9 December 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 link: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wisarc2016.

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

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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