To be held in association with IEEE 9th World Congress on Services this one day workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to explore and assess varied and viable technologies for capturing security relevant events throughout the cloud and performing monitoring and analyses on the captured information to detect, prevent, and mitigate security threats.

More information, including submission dates, paper templates, and the Call for Papers can be found at http://www.csaw2013.org. The Call for Papers can also be downloaded directly here.

The workshop is being organized and Chaired by Rose Gamble from the University of Tulsa, gamble@utulsa.edu, Indrakshi Ray from Colorado State University, iray@cs.colostate.edu, and Keesook J. Han from the Air Force Research Laboratory, keesook.han@rl.af.mil. Any questions or problems accessing workshop information should be directed to the workshop chairs at the email addresses above or to the SEAT/CSAW2013 webmaster matt-hale@utulsa.edu.

Risk Propagation of Security SLAs in the Cloud (M. Hale & R. Gamble) was presented by Matt Hale at the IEEE Globecom workshop for Management and Security technologies for Cloud Computing. This work represents an initial step towards embedding risk into SLAs for the purpose of organizational awareness and acceptance. More specifically the paper establishes an algorithmic process for handling dynamic risk evaluations in the cloud. This novel risk evaluation and renegotiation algorithm handles cases where service providers alter their terms of service or can no longer meet their SLA-bound security parameters. In such events, the algorithm searches for alternative services, selects the lowest risk, most compatible replacement and calculates and informs previous services, all the way back to the original requester, of the updated risk valuations.

It sparked a series of discussions with other researches in the field and was a great experience overall.

Dr. Gamble presented papers at the IEEE Int’l Conference on Web Services (ICWS) , IEEE CLOUD 2012, and IEEE SERVICES 2012, all co-located in Honolulu, HI, where the new IEEE Cloud Initiative was launched.   The three papers from SEAT are all part of research in making web services security-aware and building a calculus to verify their security compliance.

The conferences were a great medium for idea exchange and collaboration, and we are looking forward to the next phase of research to incorporate the feedback we received from the presentations! We’ll be posting some information on each paper and conference shortly

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