2024 IEEE CSR Workshop on Cyber Forensics and Advanced Threat Investigations in Emerging Technologies (CFATI)

2024 IEEE CSR Workshop on Cyber Forensics and Advanced Threat Investigations in Emerging Technologies (CFATI)
Hybrid event​ that will be held at Hilton London Tower Bridge from 2 to 4 September 2024

The increasing proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICT) in our lives, has facilitated connectivity growth between distinct parts of our world. Various types of data are continuously streaming across many boundaries in the world with different models, policies, and purposes. This data is usually analyzed or stored on edge or gateway devices, which have limited capabilities and are vulnerable to sophisticated attacks. Recent cyberattacks dangerously target a broad array of computing systems, varying from data centers and personal machines to mobile devices and industrial control systems.

There is a growing need for new methodologies, tools, and techniques, capable of extracting, preserving, and analyzing different evidence trails in various networked systems and services. Additionally, there is also a growing need for research into new systems that are capable of analyzing network traffic, netflows, and systems logs. Satisfying these demands will aid in reconstructing the timeline of the cybercrime/attack under investigation and, possibly, the identification of the potential actor(s).

Cyber forensics and threat investigations have rapidly emerged as a new research field to provide the key elements for maintaining the security, reliability, and trustworthiness of the next generation of emerging technologies. Moreover, new frameworks are required to collect and preserve potential evidential data in a suitable and timely manners as well. To guarantee proper cyber-defenses and strategies against the expanding landscape of criminal activities as well as rapidly advancing emerging technologies.

The main motivation for this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners working on cyber forensics and threat investigations for emerging technologies to disseminate current research issues and advances. Original technical papers describing new, state-of-the-art research, will be considered. The workshop welcomes submissions that evaluate existing research results by reproducing experiments. This workshop aims to provide insight for the discussion of the major research challenges and achievements on various topics of interest.

The workshop is held in conjunction with the IEEE CSR 2024 conference as a hybrid event, during September 2–4, 2024. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit previously unpublished contributions from a broad range of topics, which include but are not limited to the following:

› Forensics and threat investigations in P2P, cloud/edge, SDN/NFV, VPN, and social networks

› Forensics and threat investigations in IoT, smart tech (car, home, city), e/m-health

› Forensics and visualization of big data

› Tools and services for cyber forensics and threat investigations

› Attack detection, traceback, and attribution in emerging technologies

› Malware analysis and attribution

› Methods for reconstruction of digital evidence in emerging technologies

› Security and privacy in P2P, cloud/edge, SDN/NFV, VPN, and social networks

› Security and privacy in IoT, smart tech (car, home, city)

› Open source intelligence (OSINT)

› Dark Web Investigations

› Digital evidence extraction/analysis using AI, ML and data mining

› Data exfiltration from networked devices/services (e.g.cyber-physical systems, IoT)

› Large-scale investigations and ML for the analysis of intelligence data sets and logs

We also encourage contributions describing innovative work in the realm of cybersecurity, cyber defense, and digital crimes.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: June 3, 2024 AOE
Authors Notifications: July 3, 2024 AOE
Camera Ready submission: July 14, 2024 AOE
Early registration deadline: July 20, 2024 AOE
Workshop dates: September 2-4, 2024

Submissions that evaluate existing research results, by reproducing experiments are welcome. Papers on practical as well as theoretical topics and problems in various topics related to cyber forensics and threat investigations are invited, with special emphasis on novel techniques and tools to collect data from networked devices and services in emerging networks (such as the ones that can be found in cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things).

The CSR CFATI workshop will accept high-quality research papers presenting strong theoretical contributions, applied research and innovation results obtained from funded cyber-security and resilience projects, and industrial papers that promote contributions to technology development and contemporary implementations.

Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 6 pages (plus 2 extra pages, being subject to overlength page charges) and should be of sufficient detail to be evaluated by expert reviewers in the field.

The guidelines for authors, manuscript preparation guidelines, and policies of the IEEE CSR conference apply to the CFATI 2024 workshop. Please visit the authors’ instructions page for more details. When submitting your manuscript via the conference management system, please make sure that the workshop’s track -- 2T2 CFATI-- is selected in the Topic Areas drop-down list.

The workshop’s proceedings will be published by IEEE and will be included in IEEE Xplore.

Workshop Awards
The workshop is supporting :

Best Open-Source Tool prize, which will be presented in a paper during our workshop. The prize, valued at 300 euros, is being financed by one of our collaborators from the industry.

An additional industry collaborator is sponsoring the prestigious Best Paper award, which includes a one-year free license to utilize renowned digital forensics software.

Organizing Committee

Workshop Chairs
Chris Lane, London Metropolitan University (UK)
Preeti Patel, London Metropolitan University (UK)
Ahmed Elmesiry, London Metropolitan University (UK)

Organizing Committee
Hafiz Malik, University of Michigan – Dearborn (US)
Gabriella Marcelja, SG Impact Ventures AG (CH)
Funminiyi Olajide, University of Westminster (UK)
Elisa CHIAPPONI, Amadeus IT Group (FR)

Technical Program Committee (TBA)
Kanaka Durga Amaravathi, Osmania University (IN)
Karim Ouazzane London Metropolitan University (UK)
Sandra Fernando London Metropolitan University (UK)
Mehdi Gheisari, Islamic Azad University (IR)
Michael Spranger, University of Applied Sciences Mittweida (DE)
Hafiz Malik, University of Michigan – Dearborn (US)
Gabriella Marcelja, SG Impact Ventures AG (CH)
Ahmed Elmesiry, London Metropolitan University (UK)
Sharwari Solapure Sangli, Walchand College of Engineering (IN)
Yugal Pathak, Esec Forte Technologies (IN)
Elisa CHIAPPONI, Amadeus IT Group (FR)
Elaheh Homayounvala London Metropolitan University (UK)
Funminiyi Olajide, University of Westminster (UK)

Publicity Chair
Mona Abdelgayed, London Metropolitan University (UK)

Main Contact
If you have any further questions please contact the CFATI general chair via email a.elmesiry@londonmet.ac.uk

This Workshop is Technically Supported by
-Association of Cyber Forensics and Threat Investigators
-Industrial Cybersecurity Center
-Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control, and Communication