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The Fifth International Workshop on Organizational Security Aspects (OSA 2013)

To be held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2013 – http://www.ares-conference.eu).

September 2nd – 6th, 2013
University of Regensburg
Regensburg, Germany

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:

      • Auditing
      • 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
          alt March 15th, 2013 extended to April 30th, 2013
          Author Notification
          alt May 15th, 2013
          Author Registration
          alt May 25th, 2013
          Proceedings Version
          alt June 14th, 2013
          Conference/Workshop
          alt September 2nd - 6th, 2013

          Submission Guidelines

          The submission guidelines valid for the OSA workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found >>here<<.

          Workshop Chairs

          Gerald Quirchmayr

          University of Vienna and University of South Australia

          Gerald[dot]Quirchmayr[at]univie[dot]ac[dot]at


          Stefan Jakoubi

          Secure Business Austria, Austria

          alt sjakoubi[at]sba-research[dot]org


          Simon Tjoa

          St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria

          alt simon[dot]tjoa[at]fhstp[dot]ac[dot]at

          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