IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security
29 June - 1 July 2020 // Virtual Conference

Call for Papers

The recent advancements in computation and communication technologies have boosted the development of futuristic applications in different domains such as connected and autonomous cars, IoT, healthcare, finance, and smart infrastructure. Emerging trends in smart security solutions are the true enablers for widespread and secure adaptation of these smart applications. This workshop will bring together a group of experts with an interest in emerging security solutions for critical applications in various domains related to everyday life.

This workshop also aims to merge cross-disciplinary, innovative ideas from industry and academic research for comprehensive security and privacy assessment of critical applications in different domains. The submitted research will examine new and innovative smart applications that are enabled by the latest research and business trends. Also, various challenges related to security and privacy will be addressed, and controversial issues in services and applications will be targeted.

Ubiquitous computing, context awareness, mobility and above all security are the core requirements for all critical applications. The workshop will highlight the recent developments in this evolving area from the perspective of design, computation, service, privacy, and security.  This workshop aims to bring together industrial and academic research to cover security and privacy aspects of critical applications in different domains such as online and mobile banking, public safety and disaster response, automotive and transportation, IoT, and smart infrastructure. Furthermore, this workshop will also highlight the recent developments in the security of such applications in the aforementioned domains. It will provide a platform for exchanging new ideas and research collaboration. The topics of interest for the workshop are following, but not limited to:

  • Emerging techniques for automotive (connected and autonomous cars) security

  • Machine and Deep learning-based security techniques for critical applications

  • Blockchain-based security in critical applications

  • Internet of Things security through emerging techniques including, but not limited to, blockchain, machine learning, deep learning

  • Security issues in finance and banking and solutions through emerging techniques

  • Application Programming Interface (API) security for critical applications

  • Communication and network security for critical applications using blockchain and machine/deep learning

  • Authentication and identity management in smart applications

  • Standardization activities for securing smart and critical applications

Significance of the Topic

The following text briefs on the importance of the topic area

Our target audience includes academics and companies working on different aspects of security in critical applications in different domains such as the automotive, Internet of Things, healthcare, finance, and smart cities concepts, postgrad students, and other researchers and engineers.

The development of smart applications holds the promise of creating today’s intelligent and globally connected ecosystems. These may act as catalysts to produce a new generation of innovative technologies, which will drive the creation of new industries.  Among other aspects, the security of such applications is of paramount importance. Application Programming Interface (API) is considered as a new world connector and a gateway to the automated, efficient, flexible and personalized user and business experience and application development. However, a lot of work is still needed to develop and grow this ecosystem. API is one of the many corners in application development and its security is essential. We have hardly started to address the design, development, and security issues of APIs, and smart applications, which are intricately entwined with the security and privacy challenges that impinge on the business and standardization domains.

This workshop will highlight the recent developments in the evolving areas of smart and critical applications. It will provide a platform to showcase the research work and new ideas on security and privacy related to these smart critical applications. The workshop is also aiming to promote further collaboration within the researchers working in this research paradigm. Moreover, this workshop is targeted towards bringing together research and industry partners to present and discuss preliminary research results, ongoing work, and experiences on the topics of emerging security techniques that can act as enablers for the future envisioning of smart applications. The main objects of the workshop are as follows:

  • To explore intersections and interfaces of various emerging security solutions for critical applications in different domains such as finance, automotive, IoT, and smart infrastructure.

  • To provide a platform for researchers to explore different options for providing security to critical applications by leveraging emerging techniques such as machine learning, deep learning, trust management, and blockchain.

  • To invite industrial stakeholders for initiating new discussions on the challenges and opportunities in terms of interoperability of solutions, i.e., to discuss how technologies complement each other, which use cases make sense and what are specific design issues.

Important Dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: 11 April 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 3 May 2020
  • Final paper submission: 8 May 2020
  • Workshop: 1 July 2020