[FM-India] Cloud Security Auditing Workshop 2013

Madhavan Mukund madhavan at cmi.ac.in
Tue Mar 5 05:59:04 IST 2013

 From: Indrakshi Ray <iray at CS.ColoState.EDU>
 To: fmindia at cmi.ac.in
 Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:04:55 -0700
 Subject: Cloud Security Auditing Workshop 2013
 A one day workshop in association with IEEE 9th World Congress on Services, http://www.servicescongress.org/2013/
 June 27 - July 2, 2013 in Santa Clara, CA
 Security concerns are a major impediment to the widespread adoption of cloud services. Cloud services often deal with sensitive information and operations. Thus, cloud service providers must provision services to rapidly identify security threats for increased information assurance. In addition, when a threat is identified or an attack is detected, incident reporting should be timely and precise to allow cloud tenants and users to respond appropriately. Detection and reporting require meta-information to be captured across the cloud in order to audit and monitor it for potential threats that may lead to attacks and to discern when and where an attack has already occurred.
 Capturing security relevant information and auditing the results to determine the existence of security threats in the cloud is challenging for multiple reasons. Cloud tenants rely on the cloud for diverse tasks and have services and data that may require isolation or be provisioned for composition with other services in cloud applications. Organizations may not have the logging capabilities in place for their services or may not be predisposed to share the information. Cloud management services are needed to log relevant events at their endpoints, including user interactions and interactions within the cloud federation. Consistent formats for capturing events and generating logs to be hosted within the cloud are not specified as part of current service level agreements (SLAs). Near real-time analysis is needed for prediction of potential threats in order to respond quickly to prevent an attack. Centralized analysis of information captured may present too much overhead for timely alerts and incident reporting. But distributed analysis must guarantee that the partial information it uses is sufficient to determine a threat. All analyses must consider the configuration of the cloud and its tenant services and resources.
 The goal of this one day workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners to explore and assess varied and viable technologies for capturing security relevant events throughout the cloud and performing monitoring and analyses on the captured information to detect, prevent, and mitigate security threats.
 * Languages and protocols for specifying, composing, and analyzing security-relevant, distributed logs of audit data from a cloud-wide perspective
 * Cloud security, threat modeling, and analysis, including centralized/distributed attack detection and prediction/prevention algorithms based on audited information, and automated tools for capturing, integrating, and analyzing cloud audit data
 * Algorithms and protocols for audit data stream delivery, manipulation, and analysis for big cloud audit data
 * Access control and information flow control models for disclosure and modification of sensitive cloud audit data
 * Methods for expressing and representing the cloud infrastructure and configuration to influence logging and monitoring processes
 * Information assurance (authenticity, integrity, confidentiality and availability) of cloud audit data, including security and privacy policies and compliance with security controls such as NIST sp800-53 and Cloud Security Alliance guidance 3.0
 * Service-level agreements that formalize and guarantee logging and analysis capabilities
 Paper Submission Deadline: April 1, 2013
 Decision Notification: April 10, 2013
 Camera Ready Copy and Pre-registration Deadline: April 15, 2013 Note: Please view workshop website for any updated deadline information.
 The workshop invites authors to submit original papers that have not been previously published and are not currently under review for publication elsewhere. The workshop will accept a combination of long papers (maximum of 8 pages) and short papers (maximum of 4 pages). Accepted and presented papers will appear in the IEEE SERVICES 2013 conference proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper. In addition, all authors will have the opportunity to display a poster during the workshop to foster continued discussion.
 IEEE Conference Proceedings Templates:
 Submitted papers must be formatted using the IEEE Proceedings template in WORD or in Latex or using http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html.
 The CSA Workshop 2013 Paper Submission Portal: 
 Authors upload the paper to http://www.confhub.com/conf.php?id=285. You will need to register with confhub if you do not have an account on the system.
 Rose Gamble, University of Tulsa, gamble at utulsa.edu
 Indrakshi Ray, Colorado State University, iray at cs.colostate.edu
 Keesook J. Han, Air Force Research Laboratory, keesook.han at rl.af.mil
 Any questions or problems should be directed to the workshop chairs at the email addresses above or to the webmaster (matt-hale at utulsa.edu).

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