The 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Security and Forensics (WCSF 2017)

The 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Security and Forensics is held as part of the Joint IEEE Conference held on 1st - 4th August 2017 in Sydney, Australia. This conference brings together the 16th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications (TrustCom2017), the 11th IEEE International Conference on Big Data Science and Engineering (BigDataSE2017) and the 14th IEEE International Conference On Embedded Software And Systems (ICESS2017).

Cloud computing offers utility oriented Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services to corporate and consumer-level users all over the world. The evolution of cloud computing is driving the design of datacenters by architecting them as networks of virtual services; this enables users to access and run applications from anywhere in the world. As the prevalence and usage of networked cloud computer systems increases, the security of these systems can pose significant security concerns and the likelihood of these systems being used for criminal behavior also increases. Thus, this new computing evolution has a direct effect on, and creates challenges for, cyber security and digital forensic practitioners.

The field of digital forensics has grown rapidly over the last decade due to the rise of the Internet and associated crimes. However, while the theory is well established, the practical application of the discipline is still relatively new and constantly developing. Law enforcement agencies can no longer rely on traditional digital forensic methods of data acquisition through device seizure to gather relevant evidence pertaining to an investigation from cloud sources. Using traditional digital forensic methods will lead to the loss or overlooking of valuable evidential material hosted on cloud-based infrastructures. Cloud computing and its impact on digital forensics will continue to grow and traditional digital forensics methods are inadequate for cloud forensic investigations.

Call for Papers

High quality, previously unpublished submissions are solicited in the areas of cloud security and cloud forensics. Topics of interest comprise but are not limited to:

  • Cloud Forensics and e-Discovery
  • Intrusion and Attack Readiness
  • Cloud Cryptography
  • Data and Datacenter Security
  • Big Data Forensics
  • Security and Privacy for Cloud Computing
  • Trust and Policy Management
  • Case Studies of Cloud-based Attacks
  • Cloud Evidence Recovery
  • Private Cloud Security and Privacy
  • Network Security and Forensics
  • Mobile Cloud Security and Forensics
  • Forensic Geographical Information Systems (GIS)


The 3rd International Workshop on Cloud Security and Forensics will be hosted at Joint IEEE Conference in Sydney, Australia on 1st-4th August 2017. Please see the IEEE TrustCom page ( for hotel, travel and further information.

Page Limit and Formatting

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Papers must be clearly presented in English, must not exceed 8 pages, including tables, figures, references and appendixes, in IEEE Computer Society proceedings Format with Portable Document Format (.pdf).


Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Authors should pay special attention to unusual fonts, images, and figures that might create problems for reviewers. Your document should render correctly in Adobe Reader 9 and when printed in black and white.

All camera-ready manuscripts should be of a maximum of 6 pages, including tables, figures, references and appendixes, in IEEE Computer Society Proceedings format. Authors are allowed to purchase up to 2 extra pages (the hard limit is 8 pages). All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer-review process and will receive a minimum of three reviews.

Easychair Submission Link:

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline:3rd May 2017
  • Author Notification:4th June 2017
  • Camera Ready Version:15th June 2017
  • Author Registration:15th June 2017
  • Workshop Dates:1st - 4th August 2017


Accepted and presented papers will be included in the IEEE CPS Proceedings and made available through IEEE Xplore. The best submissions to WCSF 2017 will be considered for invitation as extended versions to special issues of selected journals. These extended papers must be extended by a minimum of 30% for journal consideration.

Organising Committee

ChairMark Scanlon, University College Dublin, Ireland
TPC ChairNhien-An Le-Khac, University College Dublin, Ireland

Program Committee

Ibrahim Baggili, University of New Haven, USA
Genge Bela, Petru Maior University of Tirgu Mures, Romania
Elias Bou-Harb, Florida Atlantic University, USA
Lei Chen, Georgia Southern University, USA
Raymond Choo, University of South Australia
Peter Cooper, Sam Houston State University, USA
Pavel Gladyshev, University College Dublin, Ireland
Guofei Gu, Texas A&M University, USA
Manabu Hirano, National Institute of Technology, Toyota College, Japan
Wen-Chen Hu, University of North Dakota, USA
Joshua I. James, Soon Chun Hyang University, Korea
Umit Karabiyik, Sam Houston State University, USA
M-Tahar Kechadi, University College Dublin, Ireland
Nhien-An Le-Khac, University College Dublin, Ireland
Qinghua Li, University of Arkansas, USA
David Lillis, University College Dublin, Ireland
Qingzhong Liu, Sam Houston State University, USA
Sammer Markos, Accenture, Ireland
Tuan Nguyen, University of Information Technology, VNUHCM, Vietnam
Thoa Pham, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland
Danda Rawat, Georgia Southern University, USA
Jungwoo Ryoo, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Mark Scanlon, University College Dublin, Ireland
Narasimha Shashidhar, Sam Houston State University, USA
Hassan Takabi, University of North Texas, USA
Christina Thorpe, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Ireland
Fergus Toolan, Norwegian Police University College, Norway
Yves Vandermeer, ECTEG, Belgium
Cihan Varol, Sam Houston State University, USA
Paul Watters, Massey University, New Zealand
George Weir, University of Strathclyde, UK
Jie Wu, Temple University, USA
Shucheng Yu, University of Arkansas, USA