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SECSOC-2018: The Second International Workshop on Secure Smart Societies in Next Generation Networks

February 5 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 11:30 pm

Workshop to be held in conjunction with the 20th International Conferences on High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC-2018

Welcome to the SECSOC-2018 workshop!

The Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) present unprecedented opportunities for society progressively moving towards a socio-technical ecosystem. Big data collected from numerous CPS, connected via the advanced 4G/LTE and the near future 5G networks across various interfaces and locations, will facilitate more sophisticated Smart Decision Making and Personalised Services.

Security vulnerabilities in CPS, however, leave users or even the entire smart society at risk. Besides, a rapid on-going evolution in the technical architectures and topologies of the Internet brings new security challenges to the fore. The migration of networks to Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization, particularly, captures attention on the security of orchestration, management functionality, surveillance as well as privacy. Novel security schemes are, therefore, in urgent demand to enhance the reliability, robustness, and privacy of smart society.

The SECSOC-2018 workshop will be held in Exeter, United Kingdom, and in conjunction with The 20th International Conferences on High-Performance Computing and Communications. The workshop will be co-organised by The Edinburgh Napier University, The University of Aizu, The University of Aukland, and The Cyber Academy on the 28th – 30th of June 2018.  The focus of this international workshop is to bring together expertise from industry and academia to build a secure smart society in next-generation networking paradigm.

Call for papers:

Objectives, Scope, and Topics:

This international workshop is intended to serve a platform for interested stakeholders from industry and academia to present their original work on building secure Smart Society in next-generation networking paradigm. In this context, it is critical to understand the potential security vulnerabilities and threat models, as well as to develop security architectures and defending mechanisms for CPS and next-generation network infrastructures.

The topics of interest may include but are not limited to the followings:

  • Security and privacy of CPS including IoT
    • Threat Models in CPS
    • Attack Strategies for CPS
    • Security Architectures
    • Reliable Interactions with Network Services
    • System and Data Integrity
    • Scalability and Robustness for CPS
    • Identity Management in CPS
    • Trustworthiness in CPS
    • Privacy in CPSAdaptive Security in CPS
    • Secure CPS interactions
    • Secure CPS architecture design
  • Secure 5G networks
    • Core Network Security
    • Cellular security
    • Physical Layer Security
    • Terminal and Edge Computing Security
    • Security Management and Orchestration of NFV and SDN elements
    • Trusted Computing with NFV and SDN
    • Protocol security: Diameter, SS7, BGP etc.
    • 5G wireless communications
  • General network security schemes for next-generation networking
    • Malware and attack detection and prevention techniques
    • Authentication and Authorisation
    • Encryption protocols, e.g. homomorphic encryption
    • Key Exchange, Storage and Protection
    • Honeypot and Firewall Technologies
    • Software vulnerability testing, or reverse engineering.
    • Formal Specification and Analysis of Protocols and Attacks, e.g. model checking etc.
    • Blockchain technologies
    • Cloud computing

General Chair:

Program Chairs:

PC members:

        • Prof. Christoph Thuemmler, Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), UK
        • Prof. Jiankun Hu, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia
        • Prof. William Buchanan, Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), UK
        • Prof. Xiangjian He, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia
        • Assoc. Prof. Lam-for Kwok, City University of Hong Kong, China
        • Dr. Alexandr Vasenev, TNO, The Netherlands
        • Dr. Budi Arief, University of Kent, UK
        • Dr. Christian Doerr, TU Delft, The Netherlands
        • Dr. Gordon Russell, Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), UK
        • Dr. Imed Romdhani, Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), UK
        • Dr. Julio Hernandez-Castro, University of Kent, UK
        • Dr. Mian Ahmad Jan, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Pakistan
        • Dr. Naghmeh Moradpoor, Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), UK
        • Dr. Priyadarsi Nanda, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia
        • Dr. Rameez Asif, Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), UK
        • Dr. Shancang Li, University of the West of England, UK

Important dates:

Paper Submission Deadline: 6 April 2022
Authors Notification: 6 May 2022
Camera-Ready Paper Due: 15 May 2022
Conference Date: 28-30 June 2018

Paper submission guideline:

All papers need to be submitted electronically through the conference submission website (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=secsoc2018) with PDF format. The materials presented in the papers should not be published or under submission elsewhere. Each paper is limited to 8 pages (or 10 pages with over length charge) including figures and references using IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscripts style (two columns, single-spaced, 10 fonts). You can confirm the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Author Guidelines at the following web page:

Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings can be found at:

Once accepted, the paper will be included into the IEEE conference proceedings published by IEEE Computer Society Press (indexed by EI). At least one of the authors of any accepted paper is requested to register the paper at the conference.

Papers will be selected based on their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation. Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work. Accepted and presented papers will be included in the IEEE CPS Proceedings. Distinguished papers presented at the conference, after further revision, will be recommended to high-quality international journals.



February 5 @ 8:00 am
June 30 @ 11:30 pm


Zhiyuan Tan


The University of Exeter
Mail Room, The Old Library,Prince of Wales Road
Exeter, EX4 4SB United Kingdom
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