SECSOC 2023: The 5th International Workshop on Secure Smart Societies in Next-Generation Networks

The 5th International Workshop on Secure Smart Societies in Next Generation Networks (SECSOC-2023) will be held in conjunction with The 13th EAI International Conference on Big Data Technologies and Applications (EAI BDTA 2023) in Edinburgh, the United Kingdom. The focus of this international workshop is to bring together expertise from industry and academia to build a secure smart society in next-generation networking paradigm. It solicits papers for presenting novel schemes to enhance the reliability, robustness, and privacy of the smart society that is constructed upon the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).


Big data collected from numerous CPS, connected via the advanced 5G and the future 6G networks across various interfaces and locations, will facilitate more sophisticated Smart Decision Making and Personalised Services. Security vulnerabilities in CPS, however, leave users or even the entire smart society at risk. Besides, a rapid on-going evolution in the technical architectures and topologies of the Internet brings new security challenges to the fore. The migration of networks to Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization, particularly, captures attention on the security of orchestration, management functionality, surveillance as well as privacy. Novel security schemes are, therefore, in urgent demand to enhance the reliability, robustness, and privacy of a smart society. It is critical to understand the potential security vulnerabilities and threat models, as well as to develop security architectures and defending mechanisms for CPS and the next-generation network infrastructures.

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The topics of interest may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Security and privacy of CPS including IoT
  • Threat Models in CPS
  • Attack Strategies for CPS
  • Security Architectures
  • Reliable Interactions with Network Services
  • System and Data Integrity
  • Scalability and Robustness for CPS
  • Identity Management in CPS
  • Trustworthiness in CPS
  • Privacy in CPSAdaptive Security in CPS
  • Secure CPS interactions
  • Secure CPS architecture design
  • Secure 5G/6G networks
  • Core Network Security
  • Cellular security
  • Physical Layer Security
  • Terminal and Edge Computing Security
  • Security Management and Orchestration of NFV and SDN elements
  • Trusted Computing with NFV and SDN
  • Protocol security: Diameter, SS7, BGP etc.
  • 5G/6G wireless communications
  • General network security schemes for next-generation networking
  • Malware and attack detection and prevention techniques
  • Authentication and Authorisation
  • Encryption protocols, e.g. homomorphic encryption
  • Key Exchange, Storage and Protection
  • Honeypot and Firewall Technologies
  • Software vulnerability testing, or reverse engineering.
  • Formal Specification and Analysis of Protocols and Attacks, e.g. model checking etc.
  • Blockchain technologies
  • Cloud computing


All registered papers will be submitted for publishing by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library.

Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in leading indexing services, such as Web of Science, Compendex, Scopus, DBLP, EU Digital Library, IO-Port, MatchSciNet, Inspec and Zentralblatt MATH.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version to:

All accepted authors are eligible to submit an extended version in a fast track of:

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Paper submission

Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy+‘ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section).

  • Regular papers should be up to 12-15+ pages in length.

All conference papers undergo a thorough peer review process prior to the final decision and publication. This process is facilitated by experts in the Technical Program Committee during a dedicated conference period. Standard peer review is enhanced by EAI Community Review which allows EAI members to bid to review specific papers. All review assignments are ultimately decided by the responsible Technical Program Committee Members while the Technical Program Committee Chair is responsible for the final acceptance selection. You can learn more about Community Review here.

Important dates

The timezone of Important Dates is AoE (Anywhere on the Earth) 23:59:59pm

Full Paper Submission deadline:    5 July 2023
Notification deadline:                    20 July 2023
Camera-ready deadline:                25 July 2023


All questions about submissions should be emailed to [email protected]