6th International Symposium on Security in Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(SECOTS 2016)

Call for Papers and Participation

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Paper Submission Deadline: August 05, 2016 - Extended


Collaboration relies on distributed systems that combine different resources, often provisioned on-demand for the duration of the mission or project, and that typically interact through the Internet. Security is a fundamental aspect of collaboration systems in order to ensure normal un-interruptible reliable operation. Nowadays, collaborative systems 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, besides the well known threats of systems exposed on the internet, collaborative systems 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 2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2016), 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, cybersecurity, privacy, and encryption for collaboration. 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 multi-level privacy, 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 cybersecurity areas of information technology.

Selected papers will be solicited from the best papers of SECOTS 2016 sessions for submitting an extended version of their papers to a special issue in a leading international journal.

The SECOTS 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 and Usage Control in Collaboration Environments

  • Reputation and Trust Management

  • Cross Domain Identity and User Attributes Management Systems

  • Security Standards

  • Encryption and Cryptography Systems Supporting Cooperative Systems

  • Privacy and Privacy Preserving 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 in 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. Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters (please specify). For Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to for posters submission details) will also be considered. Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the symposium EasyChair paper submission site at Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission. If the submission is for a poster paper or short paper, indicate that as well on the manuscript and in the submission form's Notes field.

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and presentation, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend the CTS 2016 conference to present the paper at the symposium.


Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2016 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 is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly.

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


Paper Submission Deadline: ------------------------- August 05, 2016 - Extended

Acceptance Notification: ----------------------------- August 19, 2016

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: ----- September 02, 2016

Conference Dates: ------------------------------------ October 31 - November 04, 2016


Laura Georg

Norwegian Information Security Lab

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Phone: +47 611 352 30


International Program Committee:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the symposium technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2016 and will be published as part of the CTS 2016 Proceedings.

  • Benjamin Aziz, University of Portsmouth, U.K.

  • Mathieu Blanc, CEA, France

  • Lorenzo Blasi, Hewlett-Packard Italy Innovation Center, Italy

  • Herve Chabanne, Morpho, Paris, France

  • François Charoy, INRIA and Université de Lorraine, France

  • Michel Cukier, University of Maryland College Park, MD, USA

  • Claude Godart, Université de Lorraine & INRIA Lorraine, France

  • Darren Hayes, Pace University, NY, USA

  • Jens Jensen, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), U.K.

  • Wael Kanoun, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Bell Labs, Villarceaux, France

  • Nizar Kheir, Orange Labs, Issy Les Moulineaux, France

  • Peter Kunz, Daimler AG, Germany

  • Volkmar Lotz, SAP Labs, France

  • Paolo Mori, National Research Council – CNR, Pisa, Italy

  • Mohamed Shehab, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, NC, USA

  • Dongwan Shin, New Mexico Tech, NM, USA

  • Paul Tavolato, University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, Austria

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.

As part of

The 2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(CTS 2016)

October 31 - November 04, 2016

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center

Orlando, Florida, USA