Fourth International Workshop on the Value of Security through Collaboration (SECOVAL 2008)
part of SECURECOMM’08 in cooperation with ACM and CREATE-NET
September 22nd, Istanbul, Turkey
Submission Deadline: July 10, 2008

The proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library

Aims and scope of SECOVAL:
Security is usually centrally managed, for example in a form of policies duly executed by individual nodes. The SECOVAL workshop covers the alternative trend of using collaboration and trust to provide security.

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Instead of centrally managed security policies, nodes may use specific knowledge (both local and acquired from other nodes) to make security-related decisions. For example, in reputation-based schemes, the reputation of a given node (and hence its security access rights) can be determined based on the recommendations of peer nodes. As systems are being deployed on ever-greater scale without direct connection to their distant home base, the need for self management is rapidly increasing. Interaction after interaction, as the nodes collaborate, there is the emergence of a digital ecosystem. By guiding the local decisions of the nodes, for example, with whom the nodes collaborate, global properties of the ecosystem where the nodes operate may be guaranteed. Thus, the security property of the ecosystem may be driven by self-organizing mechanisms. Depending on which local collaboration is preferred, a more trustworthy ecosystem may emerge.

This year SECOVAL is focusing upon a special research subtopic mobile collaborative security.

While papers will be considered that address any of the topics of security through collaboration from previous years (e.g., benefits from collaboration, methods of creating or measuring trust, self-organizing coalitions and risk analysis), the focus of the workshop will be around mobile application domains.

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

  • Mobile collaborative security
  • Data sharing and anonymization case studies
  • Metrics of utility, anonymization strength and information loss
  • Identification of data sources and types useful to share for collaborative computer security
  • Context-aware trust and reputation management
  • Insights from industry and case studies

Submission Details:

Authors are invited to submit papers formatted according to (from a 2-page extended abstract to 10 pages limit).

Paper submissions should be sent as PDF to . Submissions will
be accepted until 23:59 GMT, July 10th, 2008.

Important Dates:

July 10th, 2008: Paper submissions (until 23:59 GMT).
August 1st, 2008: Author notification.
August 10th, 2008: Camera-ready copy.
September 22nd, 2008: SECOVAL workshop as part of SECURECOMM in Istanbul, Turkey

Program Chairs:
Jean-Marc Seigneur, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Adam Slagell, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Program Committee:
Stephen Marsh, National Research Council of Canada
Ahmet Camtepe, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Giuseppe Bianchi, Università degli Studi di Roma – Tor Vergata, Italy
Dario Tonesi, University of Brescia, Italy
Gabriele Lenzini, Telematica Instituut, The Netherlands
Noria Foukia, University of Otago, New Zealand
Fabio Martinelli, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy
Jochen Renz, The Australian National University, Australia
Neal Lathia, University College London, UK
Christian D. Jensen, Technical University of Denmark
Mawloud Omar, Bejaia University, Algeria
Sebastian Ries, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany
Daniel Quercia, University College London, UK
Dario Tonesi, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
Tewfiq El Maliki, Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Genève, Switzerland
Muthucumaru Maheswaran, Mc Gill University, Canada
Giuseppe Bianchi, Università degli Studi di Roma – Tor Vergata, Italy
Ahmet Camtepe, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany

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