[Om-announce] CFP: Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering (SADFE)

Rob Erbacher erbacher at cs.albany.edu
Fri Dec 24 22:18:35 CET 2010

Call for Papers

IEEE/SADFE-2011 Sixth International Workshop on
Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering

In conjunction with IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium, Oakland, CA, USA, 
May 26, 2011


Paper submissions due: February 18, 2011
Papers will be published in the IEEE digital library


The SADFE (Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering) 
International Workshop promotes systematic approaches to cyber crime 
investigations, by furthering the advancement of digital forensic 
engineering as a disciplined science and practice.

Today's digital artifacts permeate our lives and are part of every crime 
and every case of digital discovery. The field of digital forensics faces 
many challenges, including scale, scope and presentation of highly 
technical information in legal venues to nontechnical audiences. Digital 
evidence may be extant for only nanoseconds or for years; they may consist 
of a single modified bit, or huge volumes of data; they may be found 
locally or spread globally throughout a complex digital infrastructure on 
public or private systems.

Following the success of previous SADFE workshops, cyber crime 
investigations and digital forensics tools will continue to be the key 
topics of the meeting. We also welcome a broader range of digital 
forensics papers that do not necessarily involve either crime or digital 
forensics tools. General attack analysis, the insider threat, insurance 
and compliance investigations, similar forms of retrospective analysis, 
and digital discovery are all viable topics.

Past speakers and attendees of SADFE have included computer and 
information scientists, social scientists, digital forensic practitioners, 
IT professionals, law enforcement, lawyers, and judges. The synthesis of 
science with practice and the law with technology form the foundation of 
this conference.

Workshop Topics

SADFE addresses the gap between today's practice and the establishment of 
digital forensics as a science. To advance the field, SADFE-2011 solicits 
broad-based, innovative approaches to digital forensic engineering in the 
following four areas:

Digital Data and Evidence Management: advanced digital evidence discovery, 
collection, and storage

 	* Identification, authentication and collection of digital 
 	* Post-collection handling of evidence and the preservation of 
data integrity and admissibility
 	* Evidence preservation, archiving and storage
 	* Forensic ready and compliance ready architectures and processes, 
including network processes
 	* Managing geographically, politically and/or jurisdictionally 
dispersed data artifacts
 	* Data and web mining systems for identification and 
authentication of relevant data
 	* Botnet forensics

Scientific Principle-based Digital Forensic Processes: systematic 
engineering processes supporting digital evidence management that is sound 
on scientific, technical and legal grounds

 	* Legal and technical aspects of admissibility and evidence tests
 	* Examination environments for digital data
 	* Courtroom expert witness and case presentation
 	* Case studies illustrating privacy, legal and legislative issues
 	* Forensic tool validation: legal implications and issues
 	* Legal and privacy implications for digital and computational 
forensic analysis
 	* Handling increasing volumes of digital discovery

Digital Evidence Analytics: advanced digital evidence analysis, 
correlation, and presentation

 	* Advanced search, analysis, and presentation of digital evidence
 	* Cyber crime scenario analysis and reconstruction technologies
 	* Legal case construction & digital evidence support
 	* Cyber-crime strategy analysis & modeling
 	* Combining digital and non-digital evidence
 	* Supporting qualitative or statistical evidence
 	* Computational systems and computational forensic analysis
 	* Digital evidence in the face of encryption

Forensic-support technologies: forensic-enabled and proactive 

 	* Forensics of embedded or non-traditional devices (e.g. digicams, 
cell phones, SCADA)
 	* Innovative forensic engineering tools and applications
 	* Proactive forensic-enabled support for incident response
 	* Forensic tool validation: methodologies and principles
 	* Legal and technical collaboration
 	* Digital forensics surveillance technology and procedures
 	* "Honeypot" and other target systems for data collection and 
 	* Quantitative attack impact assessment

Best Paper, Best Student Paper, and Best Poster Awards

To honor the outstanding work in digital forensics, the SADFE will provide 
awards for the highest overall quality papers and posters from the 
accepted program, as measured by scientific contribution, depth, and 
impact. A student must be the first author to be eligible for the best 
student paper award.

Instructions for Paper, Panel, and Poster Submissions

The SADFE-2011 Program Committee invites three types of submissions:

Full papers, Visionary/Opinion papers, and "Work-in-Progress" short papers

Full papers present mature research results. Papers accepted for 
presentation at the Workshop will be included in the SADFE-2011 
proceedings, which will be included in the IEEE Digital Library. Each full 
paper submission can have 8 pages plus up to 2 over-length pages and 
should follow the IEEE 8.5" x 11" Two-Column Format.  Papers must include 
an abstract and a list of keywords, and clearly indicate the corresponding 
author. More specific requirements about the format can be found at: 

As a new call this year, we are soliciting a visionary paper or two, or a 
panel that looks at where the discipline currently stands (Similar to the 
SP main conference's Call for SoK papers). The goal is to encourage work 
that provide useful and insightful perspectives on major DF research 
areas, support or challenge long-held beliefs or DF principles with 
compelling evidence, or provide an extensive and realistic evaluation of 
competing approaches to solving specific problems. Such papers can offer a 
high value to our community but would otherwise not be accepted because 
they lack novel research contributions.

The shorter "Work-in-Progress" papers should describe interesting 
developing work or concepts in the field of digital forensic. These papers 
should emphasize the nature of the problem they present, potential 
solution and implications/impacts to the field, in such a way that it will 
engender community discussion. A selection of these papers will be 
presented at SADFE-2011 in a Work-in-Progress session. Work-in-Progress 
papers should be 3-5 pages long. Work-in-Progress papers will be included 
as an appendix in the SADFE proceedings. Authors may participate in only 
one Work-in-Progress paper (in the case of multiple submissions, later 
submissions will be deleted).


Describing work in progress and/or specific tools available without charge 
to the research community (i.e., no vendor posters should be submitted). 
Submissions must consist of a one-page abstract which will be posted 
online on the SADFE website. Note that the SADFE will have a joint poster 
session with the SP main conference. In addition, authors of the accepted 
posters will have an opportunity to briefly introduce their work during 
the break of SADFE workshop.

Paper Acceptance

Each paper submission will be reviewed by the SADFE-2011 Program Committee 
members and/or some external reviewers. The selection process will be 
based on review technical merits. Panel and posters decisions will be made 
by the Program Chair with recommendations from the Program Committee and 
Steering Committee.

Double Submissions, Uniqueness & Presentation

SADFE-2011 is intended to support discussion and publication of novel 
results. To meet this goal, submissions must not substantially duplicate 
work that any of the authors has published elsewhere. Work submitted in 
parallel to any other conference or workshop with proceedings is 
explicitly excluded from participation. If the work has been submitted 
elsewhere in a venue, which does not include proceedings, the extent of 
the replication and the nature of the other venue should be clearly 
indicated in a cover letter submitted along with the paper.

For accepted Full Papers, Posters, and Work-in-Progress papers, it is 
required that at least one of the authors attends the workshop to present 
the paper. The presenting author must be registered by the date of the 
camera-ready submission deadline. The deadline for Work-in-Progress and 
Full papers is the same.

All submissions (papers & panel proposals) must be submitted 
electronically, following the instructions to be provided on the website. 
Papers must list all authors and their affiliations; in the case of 
multiple authors, the contact author must be indicated.

Workshop Format

The SADFE workshop will consist of invited talks, paper presentations, and 
panel discussions. Additionally, the poster authors will present at the 
poster session in the SP main conference. All presentations, talks and 
panel discussions will be made in English.

Important dates
Deadline for paper and panel proposal submissions: 	02/18/2011
Notification of paper/panel decision:			04/15/2011
Deadline for final paper camera ready copy:		04/25/2011
Deadline for poster session abstracts:			04/15/2011
Notification of poster decision:			04/21/2011
IEEE/SADFE-2011 workshop date:				05/26, 2011

Steering Committee:

Deborah Frincke, Co-Chair (Pacific Northwest National Lab)
Ming-Yuh Huang, Co-Chair (Northwest Security Institute)
Michael Losavio (University of Louisville)
Alec Yasinsac (University of South Alabama)
Robert F. Erbacher (Northwest Security Institute)
Wenke Lee (George Institute of Technology)
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky (University of Washington)

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