Symp 2- SECOTS 2012

International Symposium on Security in Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(SECOTS 2012)

Call for Papers

As part of

The 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(CTS 2012)

May 21-25, 2012

The Westin Westminster Hotel

Denver, Colorado, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2012


Collaboration relies on distributed systems that combine different resources, often provisioned on-demand for the duration of the mission or project. Security services are an important component of the collaboration infrastructure that ensures normal uninterruptible reliable operation of the collaborative systems. The open Internet and networking environment, over which many modern collaboration systems operate, impose a number of common and specific security threats and attacks (spamming, worms, session hijacking, buffer overflow, denial of service, social engineering, etc.). Collaborative organizations require better security properties (strong authentication, efficient encryption, Mandatory Access Control, integrity, non-repudiation and availability). Nowadays, collaborative organizations use new technologies such as mobile devices, smartcards, wireless networks, high performance networks, cloud and grid computing, multi-agent systems. These environments introduce new needs, requirements and difficulties related to security. Hence, collaborative organizations and technologies face several challenges in the field of security.

This Symposium on Security in Collaboration Technologies and Systems, to be held as part of the 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2012), will focus on security issues related to collaboration systems with emphasis on secure and trustworthy distributed environments, Grid and Cloud based resource virtualization and on-demand provisioning, multi-agent systems, mobile and wireless cooperation. The aim is to have a dedicated forum that fosters closer interactions among researchers and users communities, providing an excellent opportunity for them to meet and discuss their ideas. The symposium will address issues related to the security infrastructure and services design, implementation and operation. It intends to address new security challenges and present new ideas and solutions addressing modern security requirements, specific methods of access control that should allow large scale multi-organizational cooperation, use of mobile technologies and smartcards, enabling intrusion detection, system recovery and healing in the context of cooperative systems.

We invite original contributions from researchers in academia, research institutions and industry on these emerging and important areas of information technology.

Selected papers will be solicited from the best papers of SECOTS 2012 sessions for submitting an extended version of their papers to a special issue in a leading international journal.

The Symposium topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Fundamentals and Frameworks for Security in Collaboration Systems

    • Intrusion and Attacks Prevention and Detection in Collaboration Systems

    • Access Control in Collaboration Environments

    • Role Based Access Control, Reputation, and Trust

    • Cross Domain Identity and User Attributes Management Systems

    • Security Standards

    • Encryption and Cryptography Systems Supporting Cooperative Systems

    • Privacy Protection for Collaboration Systems

    • Trusted Operating Systems for Distributed Environments

    • Middleware Security

    • Security Metrics and Measures

    • Collaborative Security Monitoring Schemes and Systems

    • Usability, Social Engineering, and Security

    • Security and Information Assurance Education and Curriculum Issues

    • Security Models for Cloud Computing

    • Security in Collaborative Multi Agent Systems

    • Security Using Collaborative Agents

    • Security of Grid and Cluster Architectures Supporting Cooperative Applications

    • Security in Workflow Management Systems

    • Policy Driven SLA Negotiation

    • Security in Mobile and Wireless Networks for Collaboration

    • Security Models for Coalition Networks

    • Security in Social Networks

    • Virtual Organizations and Dynamic Security Associations

    • Web Services Security

    • Use of Smartcards in the Context of Collaboration


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to security in collaboration systems. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words.

Submitted papers may correspond to full or short papers. Full paper should be at most 8 pages and short paper at most 4 pages. The standard IEEE two-column conference format should be used for all submissions (see Additional pages will be charged at additional fee. Please include page numbers on all submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Authors are invited to submit a PDF copy of their manuscript to the Symposium EasyChair web site using the following link:

Only PDF files will be accepted, sent by email to the symposium organizers. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, contributions, technical clarity and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the Symposium.

Accepted papers will be published in the CTS 2012 conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the conference web site later. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings will be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed by IEEE Xplore and DBLP.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the Symposium, please contact the Symposium Organizers: Frédéric Cuppens at frederic.cuppens @, Nora Cuppens-Boulahia at nora.cuppens @ or Indrajit Ray at indrajit @


Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------ January 31, 2012

Acceptance Notification: ------------------------------------- February 20, 2012

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: --------- March 07, 2012

Conference Dates: -------------------------------------------- May 21 - 25, 2012


General Chair:

Frédéric Cuppens

Télécom Bretagne, France

Phone: +33 02 99 12 70 31

Email: frederic.cuppens @

Program Committee Chairs:

Nora Cuppens-Boulahia

Télécom Bretagne, France

Phone: +33 02 99 12 70 51

Email: nora.cuppens @

Indrajit Ray

Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO, USA

Phone: +1 (970) 491-7986


International Program Committee:

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the symposium technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2012.

    • Farag Azzedin, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia

  • Herve Chabanne, Morpho, France

    • François Charoy, INRIA Lorraine, France

    • Michel Cukier, University of Maryland, MD, USA

  • Hervé Debar, IT-Telecom SudParis, France

  • Mourad Debbabi, Concordia University, Canada

  • Wael Kanoun, Alcatel-Lucent, France

  • Nizar Kheir, Orange, France

  • Jean Leneutre, IT Telecom ParisTech, France

  • Ling Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA

    • Javier Lopez, University of Malaga, Spain

  • Fabio Martinelli, Research Council - C.N.R., Pisa, Italy

    • Paolo Mori, National Research Council – CNR, Pisa, Italy

  • Marie Nuadi, Cassidian, France

  • Joon Park, Syracuse University, NY, USA

    • Frank Piessens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

  • Patrick Radja, Cassidian, France

  • Indrakshi Ray, Colorado State University, CO, USA

  • Abdullatif Shikfa, Alcatel-Lucet, France

  • Sean Smith, Dartmouth College, USA

  • Anna Squicciarini, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA

  • Mahesh Tripunitara, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada

  • TBA

(* Partial TPC. Will be finalized shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs: Geoffrey C. Fox at and Waleed W. Smari at