Call for Papers

Cloud computing is today the reference paradigm for large-scale data storage and processing due to the convenient and efficient network access to configurable resources that can be easily adjusted according to the users’ needs. Although the benefits of cloud computing are tremendous, security and privacy concerns have still a detrimental impact on the adoption and acceptability of cloud services. In fact, users as well as companies that rely on cloud storage and computation services lose the direct control over the systems managing their data and applications, thus putting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data at risk. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who are interested in discussing the security, privacy, and data protection issues emerging in cloud scenarios, and possible solutions to them.

SPC 2018 is the fourth workshop in this series and will be held in Beijing, China, on May 30-June 1, in conjunction with the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS 2018).

The workshop seeks submissions from academia, industry, and government presenting novel research, as well as experimental studies, on all theoretical and practical aspects of security, privacy, and data protection in cloud scenarios.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Anonymity in cloud scenarios Security and trust metrics
Applied cryptography in cloud scenarios Security and privacy in crowdsourcing
Cloud-based biometric systems Security and privacy in multi-clouds and federated clouds
Data and application security Security and privacy in data outsourcing
Data and system integrity Security and privacy in the Internet of Things
Data availability in outsourcing scenarios Security and privacy of big data
Data protection Security and privacy of distributed computations
Efficient access to outsourced data Security and privacy of fog computing
Key management in cloud scenarios Security and privacy policies
Privacy Selective information sharing
Privacy of accesses Threats, vulnerabilities, and risk management
Secure computation over encrypted data

Paper submissions

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Submissions should be at most 9 pages in the IEEE 8,5"x11" two-column format (click here). Submissions should not be anonymized. The workshop will also consider short submissions of up to 4 pages for results that are preliminary or that simply require few pages.

Papers should be submitted for review through EDAS ( Only PDF files will be accepted. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Papers must be received by the deadline of March 16, 2018 (11:59 p.m. American Samoa time). Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the workshop. Accepted and presented papers will be included in the IEEE CNS 2018 conference proceedings and also in IEEE Xplore.

Important Dates

Paper Submission due: March 5, 2018 extended to March 16, 2018 (11:59 p.m. American Samoa time)
Notification to authors: March 26, 2018
Camera ready due: April 2, 2018 (firm)

Program Chair

Sara Foresti Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Publicity Chair

Giovanni Livraga Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Program Committee

Massimiliano Albanese George Mason University, USA
Daniel Bernau SAP, Germany
Andrew Byrne EMC-DELL, Ireland
Sherman S.M. Chow The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Giovanni Di Crescenzo Vencore Labs, USA
Josep Domingo-Ferrer Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Ghassan Karame NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany
Florian Kerschbaum University of Waterloo, Canada
Giovanni Livraga Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Wenjing Lou Virginia Tech, USA
David Nuñez Universidad de Malaga, Spain
Melek Önen EURECOM, France
Stefano Paraboschi Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy
Pierangela Samarati Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Andreas Schaad WIBU, Germany
Anoop Singhal NIST, USA
Vicenc Torra University of Skovde, Sweden
Cong Wang City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Lingyu Wang Concordia University, Canada
Meng Yu University of Texas at San Antonio, USA