4th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Mobile Information and Communication Systems

June 25–26, 2012 | Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Welcome to MOBISEC 2012

4th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Mobile Information and Communication Systems

Welcome Message from the general Co-chairs

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to Frankfurt am Main, to the fourth ICST conference on security and privacy for mobile information and communication systems (MobiSec 2012). MobiSec 2012 covers some of the most active areas of research in mobile security. The focus areas of this year’s conference are all on the application layer of security, highlighting the practical importance of security of mobile devices in concrete usages. Contributions to MobiSec 2012 range from treatments on user privacy issues, over mobile application and App security, to mobile identity management, and NFC. With the orientation toward applications, MobiSec is a perfect interface between academia and industry in the field of mobile communications.

Highlights of MobiSec 2012 are the three keynotes by our renowned keynote speakers Amardeo Sarma, Prof. Kai Rannenberg, and Kim Cameron. Mr. Sarma’s keynote explores the balance between privacy and trust in digital societies under the impact of paradigm-shifting new technologies such as M2M communication and the Cloud. Kai Rannenberg talks about the particular aspect of how to reconcile privacy with user-friendly identity management, based on mobile devices as trustworthy platforms. Kim Cameron rounds out the keynotes with his view on why the cloud makes it necessary to redefine what we mean by identity management

Many people have contributed to the organization MobiSec. It was a privilege to work with these dedicated persons, and we would like to thank them all for their efforts. The organising committee as a whole created a frictionless, collaborative work atmosphere, which made our task an easy one. A high quality conference cannot be created without the help of the distinguished members of the Programme Committee, overseen by the TPC chairs Ioannis Kontiris and Giovanni Russello.

Thanks go to all other members of the organizing committee: Shiguo Lian (publications chair), Andreas Leicher (web chair), and in particular to Flaminia Luccio for soliciting and overseeing keynotes. The support of the conference organiser, ICST, represented by Aza Swedin and Justina Senkus of the European Alliance for Innovation, is greatly acknowledged. Finally, we'd like to thank Imrich Chlamtac and the members of the steering committee for their support and guidance during these months

Concluding, we hope you will find MobiSec 2012 stimulating and thought-provoking and look forward to join us in Frankfurt.

Andreas U. Schmidt, Neeli R. Prasad, MobiSec 2012 General Co-Chairs


MobiSec's focus is the convergence of information and communication technology in mobile scenarios. This convergence is realised in intelligent mobile devices, accompanied by the advent of next-generation communication networks. Privacy and security aspects need to be covered at all layers of mobile networks, from mobile edge devices, to privacy-respecting credentials and mobile identity management, up to machine-to-machine communications.

In particular, mobile edge devices such as Smartphones and Internet Tablets have been very successful in commercialization. However, their security mechanisms are not always able to deal with the growing trend of information-stealing attacks.

As mobile communication and information processing becomes a commodity, economy and society require protection of this precious resource. Mobility and trust in networking go hand in hand for future generations of users, who need privacy and security at all layers of technology. In addition, the introduction of new data collection practices and data-flows (e.g. sensing data) from the mobile device makes it more difficult to understand the new security and privacy threats introduced.

MobiSec strives to bring together the leading-edge of academia and industry in mobile systems security, as well as practitioners, standards developers and policymakers. Contributions may range from architecture designs and implementations to cryptographic solutions for mobile and resource-constrained devices.

Call for Posters -- CLOSED

Call for Posters

The poster session will provide a forum for researchers to show their work and obtain constructive feedback on their ongoing research. Areas of technical interest are the same as those listed in the technical call for papers. While the poster need not describe completed work, it should report on research for which at least preliminary results are available.

At least one of the authors of the poster must register for the conference for the poster to be included as part of the poster session. Authors of accepted poster proposals will have a chance to present the poster to interested attendees during a special poster session at the conference.

The abstracts of accepted posters will be posted on the conference website and will appear in the conference proceedings.


Technical papers describing original, previously unpublished research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, are solicited. MobiSec solicits original, high-quality research contributions in the form of full papers. The focus is on the security of information and communication systems including mobile networks, devices and applications. Papers from other areas, e.g., formal methods, cryptography, database security, operating system security, will be considered if a clear connection to one of the topics below is demonstrated.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following focus areas:

Smartphone Security and Privacy:

  • Advanced Security & Privacy Mechanisms
  • Virtualisation Solutions
  • Rogue Mobile Application Detection and Protection
  • Forensic Analysis

Machine-to-Machine Secure Communication:

  • Device Identities and Authentication
  • Remote Integrity Validation and Remediation
  • Remote Management and Provisioning
  • Machine-to-Machine Application Layer Security
  • Secure Elements and Trusted Environments

Privacy and Security in Emerging Mobile Applications and Services:

  • Privacy-respecting Authentication
  • Mobile Identity Management
  • Mobile Wallets, Mobile Payments
  • Location-based Services and Mobile Sensing

Paper Submission -- CLOSED


Accepted papers will be published in the MobiSec Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Tele-communications Engineering (LNICST) series. The proceedings will be available both as paper-based copies and via Springerlink, Springer's digital library. In addition, the content of the proceedings will be reviewed by various indexing services such as the DBLP database, ZBlMath/CompuServe, MATHSCINET, EI-INSPEC, IET, RPS, Computer Science Bibliography Administrator, Elsevier Bibliographic Databases Source Management, ULRICH, CSA, ProQuest. Selected high-quality papers will be invited to a Special Issue in the Journal ‚Security and Communication Networks’ (SCN, Wiley; to be confirmed)


  • Confirmed Keynote Speakers Kim Cameron, Chief Architect, Microsoft US Amardeo Sarma, Deputy General Manager, NEC Laboratories Europe and Prof. Kai Rannenberg, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral Security, Goethe University Frankfurt.
  • The event is endorsed by the European Alliance for Innovation, a leading community-based organisation devoted to the advancement of innovation in the field of ICT
  • All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world's largest scientific libraries
  • Proceedings will be submitted for indexing by Google Scholar, ISI, EI Compendex, Scopus and many more.


The mobisec conference 2012 will be held in Moevenpick Hotel Frankfurt City.

Annotated Map (Google Maps)


Standard room at EUR 150.00 per room/night, breakfast included. After Sunday May 27th reservations will be accepted based on room availability. The delegates can reserve rooms from the allotment under the name “EAI250612”.

Additional accommodation options can be found here.

Info and Booking

Mövenpick Hotel Frankfurt City

Den Haager Strasse 5

60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Phone:+49 69 788 075 0

Fax:+49 69 788 075 888

E-mail: hotel.frankfurt.city@moevenpick.com