The First International Workshop on Big Data Analytics for Security

In conjunction with ICDCS 2014
June 30, 2014 - Madrid, Spain

Workshop topics and goals

In the last 10 years we have witnessed a strong integration of several human activities with computers and digital networks. This has led to an interconnected economy, where interactions occur through the mediation of networked devices. The openness of this scenario was instrumental in creating new business opportunities. However, it has also paved the way to new forms of criminal activities that, while happening in the cyber domain, have strong implications in the real world. The current trend towards an Internet of Things will possibly worsen this scenario.

In this context, private companies and public bodies struggle to defend their businesses against a deluge of attacks spanning from complex online frauds to malicious scanning activities of their IT infrastructures. As attacks continue to grow in complexity, classic "border-control" approaches to system security quickly prove to be ineffective, calling for an investigation into new methodologies and solutions. At the same time, ongoing research efforts on "Big Data" systems are devising new and innovative methodologies to manage and analyze large amounts of data with the aim of recognizing specific patterns and behaviors.

The First International Workshop on Big Data Analytics for Security aims to bring together people from both academia and industry to present their most recent work related to trust, security and privacy issues in big data analytics, together with application of big data technologies in the field of security. The purpose is to establish if and how large-scale data analytics technologies can help in creating new security solutions for today's complex IT infrastructures.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Researchers are encouraged to submit papers describing original, previously unpublished, complete research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research and development in all areas of data analytics and system security. The final workshop program will include talks presenting novel contributions from international authors.

Author Instructions

Papers must be submitted electronically through EasyChair. All paper submissions should follow the IEEE 8.5" x 11" Two-Column Format and must be submitted as PDF documents. The maximum size of papers should be 6 pages including tables and figures. The cover page must contain an abstract (up to a 150 words), 3-5 keywords, name and affiliation of author(s) as well as the corresponding author's e-mail and postal address. English is the only language allowed for submissions. All submissions will be reviewed by members of the workshop program committee or by renewed experts in the workshop's areas of interest. At least one of the authors of every accepted paper must register to the ICDCS conference and present their work at the workshop. Accepted papers will be published in the combined ICDCS 2014 workshop proceedings and will be available through IEEE Xplore.

Submit your paper here.

Important dates

Submission: February 10, 2014 Extended to February 23, 2014
Notification: March 14, 2014 March 30, 2014
Camera ready: April 14, 2014
Workshop: June 30, 2014


Workshop proceedings are available on IEEE Xplore

09:20-09:30 Introduction by the chairs (slides)
09:30-10:30 Session 1
  • "Machine-Learning-Based Feature Selection Techniques for Large-Scale Network Intrusion Detection".
    Omar Al-Jarrah, Paul Yoo and Sami Muhaidat
    (slides - paper)
  • "Content and popularity analysis of Tor hidden services".
    Ivan Pustogarov, Alex Biryukov, Fabrice Thill and Ralf-Philipp Weinmann
    (slides - paper)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-13:00 Session 2
  • "A Criticism to Society (as seen by Twitter analytics)".
    Stefano Cresci, Roberto Di Pietro, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi and Maurizio Tesconi
    (slides - paper)
  • "A software architecture for progressive scanning of on-line communities".
    Roberto Baldoni, Fabrizio D'Amore, Massimo Mecella and Daniele Ucci
    (slides - paper)
  • "MDoctor: A Mobile Malware Prognosis Application".
    Eemil Lagerspetz, Hien Thi Thu Truong, Sasu Tarkoma and N. Asokan
  • "Privacy Preserving Statistics in the Smart Grid".
    Iraklis Leontiadis, Refik Molva and Melek Önen
    (slides - paper)
13:00-13:05 Concluding remarks


The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 34th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS). Please check the main conference web page for further indications.

Workshop Organization

Program Committee:
    Giuseppe Ateniese (co-chair), Sapienza Università di Roma
    Bruno Crispo (co-chair), Università di Trento
    Roberto Di Pietro, Università di Roma 3
    Cristiano Giuffrida, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Boris Koldehofe, Universität Stuttgart
    Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College London
    Leonardo Querzoni (co-chair), Sapienza Università di Roma
    Sasu Tarkoma, University of Helsinki


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