The 7th International Workshop on Security and Forensics of IoT

to be held in conjunction with the 18th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2023 –

August 29 – September 01, 2023

Welcome Message from the IoT-SECFOR Workshop Organizers

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 7th International Workshop on Security and Forensics of IoT (IoT-SECFOR), which will take place in Benevento (Italy) from 29 August to 01 September 2023.

The main ambition of the workshop is to provide a venue and forum for researchers and practitioners, from both the security and forensics communities, to discuss problems and solutions regarding Internet of Things (IoT). IoT systems are ubiquitous and increasingly prevalent in modern society, as the backbone of interconnected smart homes, smart hospitals, smart cities, smart wearables and other smart environments. Such things leverage embedded technologies equipped with sensors and communication capabilities; they are able to broadcast their presence to other objects and interact with them using different protocols. Gartner and Statista estimate 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 poses security risks and raises challenges to digital forensics that need to be addressed.

The acceptance rate of this edition of the workshop was 50%.

Best Paper Award

The best paper award will be sponsored by the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS), University of Kent, UK. The decision criterion will consider both the paper quality and the oral presentation quality.

Local Chair

Alessandro Brighente
University of Padua, IT

Workshop ChairS

Virginia N. L. Franqueira
University of Kent, UK

Aleksandra Mileva
Goce Delcev University, 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 London, JISC & CMS/CERN, UK

Asma Adnane
Loughborough University, UK

Xiaojun Zhai
University of Essex, UK

Program Committee

Simona Bernardi, Universidad de Zaragoza, ES
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
José Luis Hernández-Ramos, Universidad de Murcia, ES
Siv Hilde Houmb, Statnett SF, NO
Chhagan Lal, University of Padova, IT
Eleonora Losiouk, University of Padua, IT
Musa Samaila, National Space Research and Development Agency, NG
Simona Samardjiska, Radboud University, NL
Henrique Santos, University of Minho, PT
Bruno Silva, Universidade da Beira Interior, PT
Krzysztof Szczypiorski, Warsaw University of Technology, PL
Tomasz Szydlo, Newcastle University, UK
Katinka Wolter, Free University of Berlin, DE
Chia-Mu Yu, National Chung Hsing University, TW


Maryam Ehsanpour, University of Padua, IT
Md Masoom Rabbani, University of Padua, IT
Aleksandar Velinov, Goce Delcev University, MK

Alessandro Brighente

© Alessandro Brighente

Dr. Alessandro Brighente
Department of Mathematics, University of Padova, Padua, Italy

Jumping Jams: Effective Jamming in Channel Hopping-Based IoT Networks
Channel hopping denotes the process of adaptively selecting a new communication channel in a given set when the currently used one undergoes significant quality degradation.  This strategy might help wireless networks to mitigate both friendly and malicious interference and hence guarantee effective communications. To make the hopping pattern as effective as possible, researchers developed many different strategies including reinforcement learning-based ones. In this talk, we will explore new attacking strategies, their implementation on a real-world testbed, and possible mitigation solutions.

Alessandro Brighente is an Assistant Professor at the University of Padova, Italy. He obtained his Ph.D. in Information Engineering from the University of Padova in 2021. He was visiting researcher at Nokia Bell Labs, Stuttgart, University of Washington, Seattle, and TU Delft, The Netherlands in 2019, 2022, and 2023 respectively. He served as TPC for several international conferences, including ESORICS, and WWW. He is the program chair for DevSecOpsRO, in conjunction with EuroS&P 2023. He has been a guest editor for IEEE Transactions in Industrial Informatics and for Elsevier’s Computers and Security. He is part of several industrial and research projects, including EU-funded ones. His current research interests include security and privacy in cyber-physical systems, wireless communications, the Internet of Things, and Blockchain.