STPSA 2020: The 15th IEEE International Workshop on Security, Trust & Privacy for Software Applications

Call for Papers

Goal of the workshop:

This 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.

Workshop theme:

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.

Scope of the workshop:

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
  • Experience reports on developing STP-aware software

Submission deadline date extended to May 1, 2020

Workshop Chairs

General Co-Chairs

Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Marquette University, USA

Mohammad Zulkernine, Queen’s University, Canada

Workshop Co-Chairs

Hossain Shahriar, Kennesaw State University, USA

Program Co-Chairs

Mohammad Rahman, Florida International University, USA

Debbie Perouli, Marquette University, USA

Program Committee

Nico Saputro Unpar, Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia
Amit Kumar Sikder, Florida International University, USA
Ahmad Alsharif, University of Central Arkansas, USA
Mahmoud Nabil, North Carolina A&T University, USA
Samet Tonyali, Abdullah Gul University, USA
Maanak Gupta, Tennessee Tech University, USA
Abdullah Al Farooq, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Mumin Cebe, Florida International University
Zahid Anwar, Fontbonne University, USA