The increasing proliferation of Information and communication technologies (ICT) in our lives, has facilitated the connectivity growth between distinct parts of our world. Various types of data are continuously streaming across many boundaries in the world with different models, policies, and purposes. Additionally, this data is usually analyzed or stored on edge or gateways devices which have highly limited capabilities and are vulnerable to sophisticated attacks. With the growth of connectivity between various heterogeneous systems, numerous attack vectors are constantly evolving, that can potentially be exploited for malicious or criminal purposes (e.g. data breaches, identity theft, and stealing of intellectual property and trade secrets, etc.). Recent cyberattacks dangerously aim a broad array of computing systems varying from data centers and personal machines to mobile devices and industrial control systems.
There is a growing need for new methodologies, tools, and techniques, capable of extracting, preserving, and analyzing different evidence trails in various networked services and devices such as routers, firewalls, web proxies, and network monitoring tools. Additionally, there is also a growing need for research in new systems that are capable of analyzing network traffic, netflows, and systems logs. Satisfying these demands will aid in reconstructing the timeline of the cyber-crime/attack under investigation and, possibly, the identification of the potential actor(s).
The evolve of networked technologies, such as the internet of things and cyber-physical systems, possess challenges base on the highly limited capabilities of their infrastructure devices and the type of data that can be processed by these devices. Complicated efforts are required in suitable and timely manners against any detected threats. Moreover, new frameworks are required to collect and preserve potential evidential data in suitable and timely manners as well. To guarantee proper cyber-defenses and strategies against the expanding landscape of criminal activities as well as rapidly advancing network technologies such as SDN or 5G and 6G.
Selective Outstanding Papers:
- Outstanding papers presented at the workshop will have the opportunity to be invited to submit an extended version to: MDPI Electronics, (Open Access) (IF: 2.412)
- All accepted papers will be eligible to submit an extended version in a fast track of International Journal of Cyber Forensics and Advanced Threat Investigations (Open Access)
- Paper Submission Deadline: 16 October 2020
- Acceptance Notification: 2 November 2020
- Final Camera-Ready: 20 November 2020