Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT

BIC WGs Workshop on 6-7th June, 2013 in Malaga, Spain

The next BIC Working Groups workshop will be held as part of an accepted international workshop on 6-7th June 2013 co-located with the International Conference on Trust Management (IFIPTM 2013) being held in Malaga, Spain from 3-7th June 2013.

A flyer for the event can be found by clicking here –> BIC_Malaga_flyer.

BIC has joined forces with the Rutgers University led DIMACS Center for Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science (National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center), A4Cloudan Integrated FP7 Project on Accountability for Cloud within the portfolio of the European Commission’s DG-CNECT Unit H.4, Trust and Security, and the UK and Irish Chapters of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) to organise this two day international workshop on Trustworthiness, Accountability and Forensics in the Cloud (TAFC 2013) on 6-7th June 2013.

The BIC project has made every effort to include as many of the Working groups topics already raised within earlier workshops to enable further engagement. With this in mind, the TAFC 2013 Workshop organisers invite submissions presenting research on all topics related to Trustworthiness, Accountability and Forensics in the Cloud, including but not limited to one or more of the following:

Accountability in the Cloud

  • conceptual analysis of accountability
  • ethical, social and legal aspects of accountability
  • the relationship between accountability and trustworthiness
  • technical mechanisms for producing accountability
  • potential limitations of accountability, and how to solve them

Forensic Readiness of the Cloud

  • difficulties in achieving transparency in the cloud
  • the relationship between preventive security measures, accountability and forensics
  • pre-investigative capabilities in the cloud for enabling forensic readiness, e.g. log management, encryption management and identity management
  • how to design a forensic-enabling cloud ecosystem to improve accountability and transparency of cloud service provision


  • regulatory and policy interoperability
  • how to address location-based legal and regulatory restrictions within the cloud
  • resolution of differences in approach in the EU, the US, and other countries
  • co-design of technical and legal mechanisms for interoperability

Paper Submission

TAFC 2013 welcomes submissions of a 4-8 page paper on any research topic related to the TAFC themes of trustworthiness, accountability and forensics in the cloud and the topics mentioned above. This should describe a scientific research contribution and not include marketing material. Submission will be via email to Papers must be submitted as a single PDF file, formatted using the LNCS format. Informal proceedings (with an IFIPTM ISSN) for the workshop will be made available at the conference and without any copyright restrictions preventing further publication. Alternatively, a submission may be made just of a 1-3 page presentation plan, without an associated paper to be included within the pre-proceedings.

Some papers may also be invited for submission of extended versions to the IFIP Trust Management international journal by Springer (or else an alternative trust management journal), subject to a further peer-review process.

Workshop Format

The workshop will run from morning of 6th June 2013 until lunchtime of 7th June 2013*. It is intended as a multi-disciplinary forum for experts to discuss, brainstorm, and share insights on accountability, covering conceptual discussions and legal, socio-economic and policy aspects as well as technical mechanisms including how to design a forensic-enabling cloud ecosystem to improve accountability and transparency of cloud service provision. The outcome from the workshop can provide valuable input for building international cooperation on various cloud standard acceleration projects, as well as drive research and technological innovations towards future research programmes such as Horizon 2020. The workshop will comprise a mixture of invited talks, contributed talks, panels, and breakout groups.

*If there is enough interest, other activities can be organized for the afternoon of 7th June 2013.


Please note that registration for the TAFC 2013 Workshop is mandatory and it can be found within the main site of the IFIPTM 2013 conference at There is a considerable discount if you register on the Early bird special prior to 15th April 2013 and also a considerable discount if you register for both the main IPIPTM 2013 conference and the TAFC 2013 workshop, which is highly recommended.

Important Dates

Paper/abstract submission: 1 May 2013

Notification date: 8 May 2013

Camera ready papers due: 19 May 2013

Workshop date: 6-7 June 2013

Further details of the workshop can be found at


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