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Theme 5: Organisation, Trust, Security and Validation

Chair: Richard Sinnott (University of Glasgow)
Co-Chair: Mike Jones (University of Manchester)

e-Science and e-Research more generally is about collaboration and use of resources often by distributed communities and autonomous providers. Typically this is achieved through e-Infrastructures and Grids as typified by the UK's e-Science National Grid Service, the NGS. However the influence of e-Science and e-Research has grown considerably and their scope of application is now much broader than the starting premise of supporting the high performance computing domain. e-Research endeavours now cover almost every discipline. A major challenge in this regard is the underlying security infrastructures and mechanisms that need to be provided to support these collaborations and to ensure their inter-operability and thereby facilitate inter-disciplinary, inter-organisational research-driven collaborations. These challenges will likely encompass dealing with heterogeneous forms of authentication, authorization, trust, privacy and confidentiality, policy management, virtual organisation establishment and management, and information assurance amongst others. Other models of security are also now possible and need to be aligned with more traditional security approaches. Work on security validation through proof carrying code is one example. Furthermore, the e-Research technological landscape itself is changing with recent moves to Web 2.0 technologies and Cloud-based solutions, which whilst addressing some of the requirements for successful collaborations, also bring their own challenges especially with regard to security. In all of this, security infrastructures themselves need to be transparent to the majority of e-Researchers who are less concerned about the infrastructure technologies in themselves and more concerned about their research.

The goals of this theme are to capture the state of the art in all aspects of security and especially in identifying challenges and discussing solutions for successfully enabling security for future e-Science and e-Research. We encourage papers on lessons learnt, novel application domains, emergent areas and trends on security-related issues in e-Science and e-Research.

We solicit original papers reporting a wide spectrum of topics related to security in e-Science and e-Research, grids, Web 2.0, cloud computing environments, etc. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Case studies on the practical application of security models and solutions
  • Security architectures, frameworks and infrastructures
  • Models and techniques for authentication and identity management
  • Models and techniques for authorization and access control
  • Analysis of security challenges, threats, risk and issues
  • Trust models (static and dynamic trust models) and trust management
  • Cross-infrastructure security especially security solutions suitable for interactions between clouds, the Web and Grids
  • Software validation and certification to improve overall security
  • Security models based on proof carrying code
  • Community application management software management systems
  • Privacy mechanisms and management
  • Policy models and policy management
  • Information assurance
  • Security issues and solutions for data providers and data users
  • Model and frameworks for security-driven workflows
  • Supporting end-end security solutions
  • User-driven security models
  • Software engineering best practice in the development of security software