Security and Privacy on the Web

Submission Deadline: 1 December 2014
Publication: July/August 2015

Over time, software developed for the Web has become more intricate and requires knowledge of and the use of multiple moving parts — for example, a dynamic software stack. As Web software becomes even more integral to the human experience, the importance of the privacy and security controls for Web software and Web software development has heightened.

Mission-critical assets of corporations, infrastructure providers, governments and average citizens more reliant than ever on Web software and therefore more exposed to attack through software vulnerabilities and flaws in the software engineering process. This makes the creation of privacy-preserving and secure Web software essential to our future. To ensure privacy and security, there is a need to analyze existing Web software, its supporting stack, and the Web software engineering process

This special issue seeks to facilitate discussion of ideas around (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • analysis of vulnerabilities in Web and cloud software;
  • forensic analysis of Web and cloud software;
  • privacy and or security analysis of Web and cloud software;
  • privacy and reputation in Web (for example, social networks), cloud software and systems;
  • software for enabling security and privacy as a service;
  • software for enabling usable security and privacy;
  • security and privacy software solutions, including identity management, pseudonymity and anonymity, for the Web and cloud systems;
  • security and or privacy Web services, feeds, or mashups;
  • software solutions for provenance and governance;
  • security and privacy policy management for the Web and cloud software;
  • next-generation Web or mobile browser technology;
  • security and privacy extensions and plug-ins;
  • online privacy and security frameworks;
  • studies on understanding the security and privacy of Web and cloud software and systems;
  • security and privacy software tools for the Web development process; and
  • analysis of secure and or privacy-preserving Web development process and or software

Submission Guidelines

Full submissions for the special issue must not exceed 4,700 words including figures and tables, which count for 200 words each. Submissions in excess of these limits may be rejected without refereeing. The articles we deem within the theme and scope will be peer-reviewed and are subject to editing for magazine style, clarity, organization, and space. We reserve the right to edit the title of all submissions. Be sure to include the name of the theme or special issue you are submitting for.

Articles should have a practical orientation and be written in a style accessible to practitioners. Overly complex, purely research-oriented or theoretical treatments are not appropriate. Articles should be novel. IEEE Software does not republish material published previously in other venues, including other periodicals and formal conference/workshop proceedings, whether previous publication was in print or in electronic form.

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