STPSA 2018-04-20T19:20:20+00:00

STPSA 2018: The 13th IEEE International Workshop on Security, Trust, and Privacy for Software Applications

Call for Papers (MS Word)

STPSA 2018 workshop will bring researchers from academia and industry to discuss methods and tools to achieve security, trust, and privacy goals of both pervasive and non-pervasive software applications. This workshop will focus on techniques, experiences and lessons learned with respect to the state of art for the security, trust, and privacy aspects of both pervasive and non-pervasive software applications along with some open issues.

Information security has become a major concern for software and applications. Software systems must be engineered with reliable protection mechanisms with respect to security, privacy, and trust, while still delivering the expected value of the software to their customers. The traditional approaches to secure a system (e.g., IDS, firewalls) are no longer sufficient to address many security, trust, and privacy (STP) issues. These issues should be addressed by building more effective STP-aware software applications. The principal obstacle in developing STP-aware software is that current software specification, design, implementation, and testing practices do not include adequate methods and tools to achieve security, trust, and privacy goals. Further, emerging techniques such as blockchain bring on new challenges to adopt them into developing STP-aware software and applications.

As most systems now are Internet-based, the number of attackers is increased dramatically and threat scenarios have changed. Traditional security measures do not fit well for the software of pervasive applications. Since location and contexts are key attributes of pervasive applications, the privacy issues need to be handled in a novel manner than traditional software applications. The devices in pervasive computing leave and join in ad hoc manner in the pervasive network. These create a need for new trust models for pervasive computing applications. In this workshop, we will also welcome papers on the challenges and requirements of security, privacy, and trust for pervasive software applications.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Security, trust, and privacy specific software development practices
  • Security, trust, and privacy requirements elicitation and specification
  • Models and languages for STP-aware software specification and design
  • Architecture for STP-aware software development
  • STP challenges for pervasive software applications
  • Testing security, trust, and privacy properties of both pervasive and non-pervasive software
  • STP management and usability issues in software applications
  • User interfaces for STP-aware pervasive and non-pervasive software
  • Software reengineering for security, trust, and privacy for both pervasive and non-pervasive applications
  • Tradeoffs among security, privacy, trust, and other criteria
  • STP challenges in e-services, e.g. e-health, e-government, e-banking, e-commerce, e-marketing and other web-based and pervasive applications
  • STP challenges in mobile software applications
  • STP issues in sensor-based software applications
  • User interfaces for secure and privacy-aware pervasive computing applications
  • STP-aware service discovery mechanisms for pervasive computing environments
  • Models for ensuring security, trust, and privacy in pervasive software applications
  • STP issues for handheld device software applications such as healthcare
  • Teaching, innovative course or curriculum for STP-aware software development
  • Experience reports on developing STP-aware software
  • Offensive security and attacks on software applications and mitigation techniques
  • Application of blockchain technologies for STP-aware software development
  • Ethical issues in STP-aware software and application development

Paper Submission Site

Please visit Information for Authors and Important Dates for paper formatting instructions, templates, and deadlines.

STPSA Workshop Organizers

General Co-Chairs
Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Marquette University
Mohammad Zulkernine, Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario

Program Co-Chairs
Hossain Shahriar, Kennesaw State University, USA
Natalia Stakhnova, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Debbie Perouli, Marquette University, USA

STPSA Program Committee

Mohammad Ashiqur Rahman, Tennessee Tech University, USA
Salimur Choudhury, Lakehead University, Canada
Anwar Haque, University of Western Ontrio, Canada
Andreas Holzinger, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Patrick Hung, UOIT, Canada
Hasan Jamil, University of Idaho, USA
Arash Lashkari, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Lingyu Wang, Concordia University, Canada
Lotfi Ben Othmane, Iowa State University, USA
George Roussos, Birkbeck University of London, UK
Issa Traore, University of Victoria, Canada
George Yee, Aptusinnova Inc. and Carleton University, Canada