The Third International Workshop on Organizational Security Aspects (OSA 2011)

To be held in conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2011 – http://www.ares-conference.eu).

August 22nd – 26th, 2011
Vienna University of Technology
Vienna, Austria

In today's global economy, where conditions change often and rapidly, the efficiency and effectiveness of the execution of business processes has become a central issue. As these processes depend on the assigned resources, a considerable optimization focus lies on the minimization of the resources' costs and simultaneously on the maximization of their returns. Another critical factor, which substantially influences the ability to compete, is the continuous operation of a company's business processes. The reasons why the execution of business processes may be interrupted are manifold and are addressed by several fields of research.
Exercising for instance strong computer security is a company’s crucial task in order to strengthen the resilience of IT systems against arising threats. However, the most sophisticated technical security techniques will fail, if there is no adequate organizational structure covering the appropriate planning, design and implementation of these techniques. Furthermore, processes within the companies have to be set up, lived and monitored to continuously improve the company’s ability to survive while simultaneously maximizing its returns.

The main objectives of this workshop are to bring together users and researchers (from industry and academy) to present their recent work, discuss and identify problems, synergize different views on methods and techniques, and brainstorm future research directions on various aspects of organizational security issues.

Topics of interest comprise but are not limited to:

Business Continuity
Cost/Benefit Analysis
Disaster Recovery
Identity Management
Information Assurance
Information Security Management
Insider Threats
IT Governance
IT Service Continuity
Risk Management
Security Awareness
Security Culture
Security Requirements Engineering
Standards, Guidelines, Best Practices and Certification

Important dates

Submission Deadline
April 24th, 2011 May 6th, 2011 (extended)
Author Notification
May 13th, 2011 May 31st, 2011 (extended)
Author Registration
June 06th, 2011
Proceedings Version
June 06th, 2011
August 22nd - 26th, 2011

Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines valid for the OSA workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found at:


Workshop Co-Chairs

Gerald Quirchmayr

University of Vienna and University of South Australia


Stefan Jakoubi

Secure Business Austria, Austria


Simon Tjoa

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria


Program Committee (to be confirmed)

Helen Armstrong, Curtin Univeristy of Technology, Australia
Dorothea Aniola, Sail Labs Technology, Vienna, Austria
Maximilian Bielecki, University of Vienna, Austria
Chrsitophe Feltus, Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor, Luxembourg
Eduardo Fernandez, Florida Atlantic University, USA
Nandan Garg, Wayne State Univeristy, USA
Yoshiaki Hori, Kyushu University, Japan
Stefan Jakoubi, Secure Business Austria, Austria
Jorma Kajava, Oulu University, Finland
Sokratis A. Katsikas, University of Piraeus, Greece
Günther Pernul, Univeristät Regensburg, Germany
Reijo Savola, VTT Research, Finland
Simon Tjoa, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Benjamin Turnbull, University of South Australia, Australia
José L. Vivas, Universidad de Malaga, Spain
Matthew Warren, Deakin University, Australia
Christopher C. Wills, Kingston University, UK
Louise Yngström, Stockholm University, Sweden