IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security
4–6 October 2021 // Virtual Conference

SPC: 7th International Workshop on Security and Privacy in the Cloud

SPC: 7th International Workshop on Security and Privacy in the Cloud

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Cloud computing is today the reference paradigm for large-scale data storage and processing due to the convenient and efficient network access to configurable resources that can be easily adjusted according to the users’ needs. Although the benefits of cloud computing are tremendous, security and privacy concerns have still a detrimental impact on the adoption and acceptability of cloud services. In fact, users as well as companies that rely on cloud storage and computation services lose the direct control over the systems managing their data and applications, thus putting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the data at risk. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who are interested in discussing the security, privacy, and data protection issues emerging in cloud scenarios, and possible solutions to them.

The workshop seeks submissions from academia, industry, and government presenting novel research, as well as experimental studies, on all theoretical and practical aspects of security, privacy, and data protection in cloud scenarios.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Anonymity in cloud scenarios
  • Applied cryptography in cloud scenarios
  • Cloud-based biometric systems
  • Data and application security
  • Data and system integrity
  • Data availability in outsourcing scenarios
  • Data protection
  • Efficient access to outsourced data
  • Key management in cloud scenarios
  • Privacy
  • Privacy of accesses
  • Secure computation over encrypted data
  • Security and trust metrics
  • Security and privacy in crowdsourcing
  • Security and privacy in multi-clouds and federated clouds
  • Security and privacy in data outsourcing
  • Security and privacy in the Internet of Things
  • Security and privacy of big data
  • Security and privacy of distributed computations
  • Security and privacy of fog computing
  • Security and privacy policies
  • Selective information sharing
  • Threats, vulnerabilities, and risk management


Submitted papers must not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Submissions should be at most 9 pages in the IEEE 8,5”x11” two-column format, including references. The submissions should not have appendices. Submissions should not be anonymized. The workshop will also consider short submissions of up to 4 pages, including references, for results that are preliminary or that simply require few pages.

Papers should be submitted for review through EDAS. Only PDF files will be accepted. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Papers must be received by the deadlines of: July 31, 2021 (11:59 p.m. Anywhere on Earth), for the first round and August 22, 2021 (11:59 p.m. Anywhere on Earth), for the second round. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the workshop. Accepted and presented papers will be included in the IEEE CNS 2021 conference proceedings and in IEEE Xplore.

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  • Paper submission due:
    • First round: July 31, 2021
    • Second round: August 22, 2021
  • Notification to authors: August 30, 2021
  • Camera ready due: September 5, 2021 (hard deadline)


Massimiliano Albanese, George Mason University, USA

Pierangela Samarati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy


  • Daniel Bernau, SAP Research, Germany
  • Jonas Boehler, SAP Research, Germany
  • Warren Connell, Air Force Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mauro Conti, University of Padua, Italy
  • Alessandra De Benedictis, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  • Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • Sara Foresti, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • Roberto Gonzales, NEC Laboratories Europe
  • Jinguang Han, Queen's University Belfast, Ireland
  • Giovanni Livraga, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • Evangelos Markatos, University of Crete, Greece
  • Stefano Paraboschi, University of Bergamo, Italy
  • Gerardo Pelosi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Julian Rrushi, Oakland University, USA
  • Huasong Shan, JD Silicon Valley R&D Center, USA
  • Issa Traore, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Sridhar, Venkatesan, Perspecta Labs, USA
  • Meng Yu, Roosevelt University, USA
  • Jiawei Yuan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA