Symp 3- SECOTS 2013

International Symposium on Security in Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(SECOTS 2013)

Call for Papers

As part of

The 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(CTS 2013)

May 20-24, 2013

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

San Diego, California, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Extended Submission Deadline: February 04, 2013


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 un-interruptible 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 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2013), 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 2013 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

    • Botnet Analysis

    • Biologically Inspired Cyber Security and Defense

    • 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

    • Web Vulnerability Analysis

    • 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 using the following link: . In the form you fill out, please indicate that the submission is for SECOTS 2013 in the Notes field. If the submission is for a poster paper or short paper, indicate that as well in the form's Notes field.

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded using the link above. 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 2013 conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the conference web site. 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 as well as other major indexing services.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the Symposium, please contact the organizers.


Extended Paper Submissions: ----------------------------- February 04, 2013

Acceptance Notification: ------------------------------------- February 21, 2013

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: --------- March 11, 2013 (extended)

Conference Dates: -------------------------------------------- May 20 - 24, 2013

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