The 6th International Workshop on Security and Forensics of IoT (IoT-SECFOR 2022)

to be held in conjunction with the 17th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2022 –

August 23 – August 26, 2022

Internet-of-Things (IoT) are becoming increasingly prevalent in our society, as the backbone of interconnected smart homes, smart hospitals, smart cities, smart wearables and other smart environments. IoT leverage embedded technologies equipped with sensors and communication capabilities; they are able to broadcast their presence to other objects and interact with them using a plethora of protocols and technologies. It was estimated by Gartner and Statista that a number of devices between 20.4 and 31 billion was in use in 2020, which may rise to 75 billion devices by 2025. Along with usability, efficiency, and cost savings benefits, increasingly, the use of IoT pose security risks and raise challenges to digital forensics. The constantly growing IoT botnets, such as Dark Nexus, emphasize the need to focus on these aspects. This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from both communities – security and forensics – to discuss problems and solutions regarding IoT.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

Adaptive security in IoT
Challenges related to IoT forensics and security
Coexistence of different security protocols in IoT
Covert communication in IoT
Cryptography protocols and algorithms for IoT
Cybercrimes exploiting IoT
Data analysis of IoT for forensic investigation
Data ownership and attack simulation methods for IoT networks and devices
Identification/preservation of evidence for digital forensic investigations involving IoT

Intrusion and malware detection/prevention technologies for IoT
Legal and human aspects of security and forensics of IoT
Models for risk identification and assessment in IoT networks
Privacy and trust in IoT
Security and forensic aspects in cyber physical IoT systems
Security applications and management of IoT
Security architectures and protection mechanisms for IoT
Security in Wireless Sensor Networks applied to IoT
Threat models and attack strategies for IoT

Important Dates
Submission Deadline May 15, 2022
Author Notification June 01, 2022 June 06, 2022
Proceedings Version June 19, 2022
ARES EU Symposium August 23, 2022
Conference August 23 – August 26, 2022
Workshop Chair

Virginia N. L. Franqueira
University of Kent, UK

Aleksandra Mileva
University of Goce Delcev, MK

Ville Leppänen
University of Turku, FI

Pedro Inácio
Universidade da Beira Interior, PT

Mauro Conti
University of Padua, IT

Raul H. C. Lopes
Brunel University, JISC & CMS/CERN, UK

Asma Adnane
Loughborough University, UK

Xiaojun Zhai
University of Essex, UK

Program Committee

Farhan Ahmad, Coventry University, UK
Budi Arief, University of Kent, UK
Simona Bernardi, University of Zaragoza, ES
Alessandro Brighente, University of Padova, IT
Luca Caviglione, National Research Council, IT
Tiago Cruz, University of Coimbra, PT
Vesna Dimitrova, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, MK
James Hardy, University of Derby, UK
Siv Hilde Houmb, Statnett SF, NO
Muhammad Taimoor Khan, University of Greenwich, UK
Chhagan Lal, TU Delft, NL
John Panneerselvam, University of Leicester, UK
Judith Rossebø, ABB AS, NO
Simona Samardziska, Radboud University, NL
Tomasz Szydlo, AGH University of Science and Technology, PL
Katinka Wolter, Free University of Berlin, DE
Chia-Mu Yu, National Chung Hsing University, TW

Best Paper Award

The best paper award will be sponsored by the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS), University of Kent, UK.

Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines can be found at (6-8 pages, a maximum of 10 pages is tolerated).

Double blind review: All papers submitted to EasyChair should be anonymized (no names or affiliations of authors should be visible in the paper) with no obvious self-references.

Submission of a paper implies that should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and present the paper in the workshop.


Sokratis K. Katsikas
Director of the Norwegian Centre for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors
Professor with the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Cyber Security when IT meets OT
The current trend of automation and data exchange in industry, through the development, use and integration of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other enabling technologies is expected to bring tremendous benefits in the economy, including improved productivity and efficiency, better flexibility and agility, and increased profitability. However, it also comes with increased cybersecurity risks, primarily deriving from the integration of information technology and operational technology. Thus, as in all cases of a major shift in computing paradigms, a number of cybersecurity challenges arise, that cannot be addressed by simply porting solutions from other domains. In this talk a brief overview of such challenges, and current best practices for addressing them, as well as open issues will be provided.

Sokratis K. Katsikas was born in Athens, Greece, in 1960. He is the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors and Professor with the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He is also Professor Emeritus of the Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece. In 2019 we was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Department of Production and Management Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. In 2021 he was ranked 7th in the security professionals category of the IFSEC Global influencers in security and fire list. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 journal papers, book chapters and conference proceedings papers. He is serving on the editorial board of several scientific journals, he has co-authored/edited 46 books and has served on/chaired the technical programme committee of more than 800 international scientific conferences. He chairs the Steering Committee of the ESORICS Conference and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Information Security.