The 5th International Workshop on Security in Systems and Networks (SSN2009)

held in conjunction with

IPDPS 2009

23rd IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2009)

May 29, 2009, Rome, Italy

(Paper due date extended to Dec. 12, 2008)

 [Advanced Program] [General Information] [Scope] [Topics of Interest] [Important Dates] [Submission and Publication] [Organizing Committees

General Information

The SSN workshop will occupy one full day of the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) 2009. There will be no separate registration for the workshop. All accepted papers will be published in the same printed abstract volume and CD-ROM proceedings as other workshops and the IPDPS 2009 conference by the IEEE Computer Society Press and the IEEE online library.


The proliferation of Internet services and applications is bringing systems and network security issues to the fore. The past few years have seen significant increase in cyber attacks on the Internet, resulting in degraded confidence and trusts in the use of Internet and computer systems. There is an increasing demand for measures to guarantee the privacy, integrity, and availability of resources in distributed systems, such as Grid and P2P systems. The attacks, including DDoS, email virus, and worms, are getting more sophisticated, spreading faster, and causing more damages. The attacks originally exploited the weakness of the individual protocols and operating systems, but now also have started to attack the basic infrastructure of the Internet. There is a consensus that a key contributing factor leading to cyber threats is the lack of integrated and cohesive strategies that extend beyond the network level, to protect the applications and devices at system level as well. Many techniques, algorithms, protocols and tools have been developed in the different aspects of cybersecurity, namely, authentication, access control, availability, integrity, privacy, confidentiality and non-repudiation as they apply to both networks and systems.


This workshop aims to bring together the technologies and researchers who share interest in the area of network and distributed system security. The main purpose is to promote discussions of research and relevant activities in security-related subjects. It also aims at increasing the synergy between academic and industry professionals working in this area.

Topics of interest

The workshop seeks papers that address theoretical, experimental, and work in-progress in the area of cybersecurity at the system and network levels. Topics covered by the workshop will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Ad hoc and sensor network security
    • Cryptographic algorithms and distributed digital signatures
    • Distributed denial of service attacks
    • Distributed intrusion detection and protection systems
    • Firewall and distributed access control
    • Grid computing security
    • Key management
    • Network security issues and protocols
    • Mobile codes security and Internet Worms
    • Security in e-commerce
    • Security in peer-to-peer and overlay networks
    • Security in mobile and pervasive computing
    • Security architectures in distributed and parallel systems
    • Security theory and tools in distributed and parallel systems
    • Video surveillance and monitoring systems
    • Information hiding and multimedia watermarking in distributed systems
    • Web content secrecy and integrity

Important Dates

Papers due:

Nov. 28, 2008 extended to Dec. 12, 2008

Author notification:

Jan. 09, 2009  extended to Jan. 13, 2009

Camera-ready final papers due:

Feb. 15, 2009

Workshop (and IPDPS):

May 29 (May 25-29), 2009

Submission Guidelines and Publication

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts reporting original unpublished research and recent developments in the topics related to the workshop. Submitted manuscripts may not exceed 15 single-spaced pages using 12-point size font on 8.5x11 inch pages, including figures, tables, and references. Please use the standard 1-inch margin. Authors may submit additional material as an appendix to their submission, but there is no guarantee that this material will influence the review process. The final version may have a different format and you may be asked reduce the length of your paper if it is accepted.

We strongly encourage authors to submit papers electronically in PDF format via EDAS. Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the workshop to present the work.

Each submitted paper will be peer reviewed and the comments will be provided to the authors. The accepted papers will be published in the same printed abstract volume and CD-ROM proceedings as other workshops and the IPDPS 2009 conference by the IEEE Computer Society Press and IEEE online library.

Organizing Committees

Workshop General Co-Chairs

Chengzhong Xu

Wayne State University, USA

Xiaobo Zhou

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA

Workshop Program Chair

                         Bin Xiao                                              Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK

Technical Program Committee

Julien Bourgeois

University of Franche-Comte, France

Kevin Butler

Pennsylvania State University, USA

David Chadwick

University of Kent, UK

Songqing Chen

George Mason University, USA

Yingying Chen

Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Song Fu

New Mexico Tech, USA 

Yong Guan

Iowa State University, USA

Anca Ivan

IBM Thomas J Watson Center, USA

Kwangjo Kim

Information Communication Univ., Korea 

Jun Li

University of Oregon, USA 

Alex Liu Michigan State University, USA

Donggang Liu

University of Texas at Arlington, USA 

Gianluigi Me

Università di Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy

Geyong Min

University of Bradford, UK

Jong Hyuk Park

Kyungnam University, Korea 

Vassilis Prevelakis

Drexel University, USA 

Kouichi Sakurai

Kyushu University, Japan 

Chik How Tan

Gjøvik University College, Norway

Shambhu Upadhyaya 

University at Buffalo, USA 

Wietse Venema IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Haining Wang

College of William and Mary, USA 

Jianbin Wei

Wayne State University, USA 

Gregory White

University of Texas at San Antonio, USA 

Ye Xia

University of Florida, USA 

Li Xiao

Michigan State University, USA 

Fan Ye

IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA 

Ossama Younis

Telcordia Technologies, Inc., USA 

Sheng Zhong

SUNY Buffalo, USA 

Sencun Zhu

The Pennsylvania State University, USA