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*** Call for Papers ***
Cloud Security Engineering
Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing
As the use of cloud computing grows throughout society in general, it is essential that cloud
service providers and cloud service users ensure that security and privacy safeguards are in
place. There is, however, no perfect security and when a cybersecurity incident occurs, digital
investigation will require the identification, preservation and analysis of evidential data.
This special issue is dedicated to the identification of techniques that enable security
mechanisms to be engineered and implemented in Cloud-based systems. A key focus will be
on the integration of theoretical foundations with practical deployment of security strategies
that make Cloud systems more secure for both end users and providers – enabling end users
to increase the level of trust they have in Cloud providers – and conversely for Cloud service
providers to provide greater guarantees to end users about the security of their services and
data. Significant effort has been invested in performance engineering of Cloud-based
systems, with a variety of research-based and commercial tools that enable autoscaling of
Cloud systems, mechanisms for supporting Service Level Agreement-based provisioning and
adaptation and more recently for supporting energy management of large scale data centres.
This special issue will be devoted to understanding whether a similar engineering philosophy
can be extended to support security mechanisms, and more importantly, whether experience
from the performance engineering community (who often need to carry out analysis on large
log files) can be carried over into the security domain.
We encourage authors to be exploratory in their papers – reporting on novel use of
performance engineering tools that could be repurposed for supporting security management
and vice versa.
This special issue will focus on engineering strategies that enable Cloud security to be
supported. Papers which describe how a security solution has been implemented in a practical
system will be given greater preference to those that primarily discuss theoretical
foundations. Topics of interest include:
Advanced security features
Cloud forensic and anti-forensic techniques and implementations
Cloud privacy
Cloud-based honeypots
Cloud-based intrusion detection and prevention systems
Distributed authentication and authentication
Implementation of cryptographic and key management strategies in clouds (e.g.
homomorphic encryption for cloud computing)
Multi-Cloud security provisioning
Real time analysis of security (log) data for alert generation
Remote collection of evidence (e.g. from cloud servers)
Security-focused Service Level Agreements
High quality survey papers on the above topics are also welcome.
Important Dates (Tentative Schedule)
Submission deadline:
March 31, 2015
Authors’ notification:
May 31, 2015
Revisions due:
July 31, 2015
Final decision:
August 31, 2015
Camera ready version due: October 30, 2015
Tentative publication date: January – February 2016
Submission Information
The special issue invites original research papers that make significant contributions to the
state-of-the-art in “Cloud Security Engineering”. The papers must not have been previously
published or submitted for a journal or conference publication. However, the papers that have
been previously published with at international, peer reviewed conferences could be
considered for publication in the special issue if they contain significant number of “new and
original” ideas/contributions along with over 40% new material added to the contribution.
Authors should explicitly identify where the previous version of the paper has been published
(or submitted) and what this additional 40% content includes.
Submissions must be directly submitted via the IEEE TCC submission web site
at, and must follow instructions for formatting and
length listed there.
For additional information, please contact Omer Rana at [email protected]
Selection and Evaluation Criteria
- Significance to the readership of the journal
- Relevance to the special issue
- Originality of idea, technical contribution, and significance of the presented results
- Quality, clarity, and readability of the written text
- Quality of references and related work
- Quality of research hypothesis, assertions, and conclusion
Rajkumar Buyya, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Guest Editors
Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, University of South Australia, Australia
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Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK
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Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, City University London, UK
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