Venue: Antalya

Location: Antalya, Turkey

Event Date/Time: Apr 26, 2010 End Date/Time: Apr 27, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Nov 30, 2009
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The Information Systems Technology Panel (IST) covers the fields of:
(a) Information Warfare and Assurance,
(b) Information and Knowledge Management,
(c) Communications and Networks,
(d) Architecture and Enabling Technologies.

The broad use of information and communication technology in information warfare makes NATO’s critical IT infrastructure its most valuable asset and its most vulnerable point of attack. Military platforms are becoming more computer intensive, which means that software is becoming more complex and taking on larger and more important roles, and information systems are being increasingly interconnected, which means that vulnerability in a single program can put an entire infrastructure at risk. As a consequence, information systems security and defence against cyber attacks are major issues and major concerns, especially in joint/coalition operations. Finding effective ways to protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, and confidentiality is challenging even with the most advanced technology and trained professionals.
Hence the theme of the symposium is effective ways of defence against cyber attacks and the aim of the symposium is to provide a forum for the scientific and research community to the exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge related to information warfare assurance and cyber defence.

IT systems in today’s military assets and C4ISR systems collect, store, evaluate and interpret a massive amount of complex and critical data and information. Hence, these data and information are very vulnerable to attacks, and defence against them is a critical issue that will be focused in this symposium.
Within the theme and this context, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Authentication and Identity Management
• Authorization and Access Control
• Computer Forensics
• Cryptographic Protocols
• Data Integrity and Privacy
• Distributed System Security
• Information Warfare and Cyber-terrorism
• Information Security Awareness
• Insider Attack Countermeasures
• Intrusion Detection, Prediction and Countermeasures
• Key Management and Recovery
• Military Case Studies, Best Practices and Lessons Learnt
• Network Security
• Policy Issues in Information Assurance • Secure Collaboration and Information Sharing in Coalition Settings
• Secure Hardware, Biometrics and Smartcards
• Secure Software Technologies
• Security and Assurance for Military Information Systems
• Security Management and Strategy
• Security Models and Architectures
• Security Verification, Evaluations and Measurements
• Survivability and Resilient Systems
• Tactics of Information Warfare: Defence & Attack
• Trust Negotiation, Establishment and Management
• Wireless, Mobile and Sensor Network Security

Authors are invited to submit completed papers or extended abstracts which should provide an explicit statement of the content of the paper and its relevance to the symposium (abstracts should be at least two pages, 1000-1200 words in English). An indication of which symposium topic the paper would logically fit would be of assistance to the Technical Programme Committee who will adjudicate on the papers selected.
In addition, the attached Questionnaire (Annex C) should be completed and submitted with the abstract.
This will give the maximum amount of information on the status of feasibility of any project concerned, so that the Technical Committee is able to make clear and complete evaluation of the appropriateness and timely interest of the proposed paper.
The first page must include the Title of the Paper followed by the full name of the principle author and co-authors with the respective e-mail addresses. This will assist the administrative process and ensure further communication.
Abstracts and Questionnaires should be sent electronically in PDF, or MS Word format to the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Prof.Dr. Nazife BAYKAL ( with a copy to the IST Panel Assistant, Mrs Aysegül APAYDIN ( Abstracts may also be logged via url.
Authors will be notified of the decision by 18 December 2009.
It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the paper/abstract received the necessary clearances before it is forwarded. Please allow sufficient time for the clearance to be issued before deadline.
EXCEPTION: Authors from the United States must comply with US procedures. (Refer to Annex B).

Authors submitting abstracts should ensure that financial support for attending the Symposium will be available.


30 November 2009 : Submission of papers/extended-abstracts
18 December 2009 : Notification to Authors by Chairman of Technical Programme Committee
18 December 2009 : Authors to receive full «Instructions to Authors» package from RTA
18 December 2009 : Authors to start national procedure to obtain the «Presentation/Publication
Release and Clearance Certificate (this document will be attached to the
«Instructions to Authors» document)
22 March 2010 : Submission of «Presentation/Publication Release and Clearance
Certificate» to RTA
22 March 2010 : Submission of manuscripts to RTA (electronic by e-mail (Word & pdf), and
paper copy by mail)
2 April 2010 : Submission of the Oral Presentation (by E-mail to RTA)

Approximately 25 papers will be presented at the plenary sessions, each author being allocated 30 minutes, with usually twenty minutes for the presentation of their paper and ten minutes for discussion. All papers will be published regardless of whether they were presented or not. They should be written and presented in English or in French, the official NATO languages. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided between these two languages at all plenary sessions of the Symposium.
Authors whose papers are accepted will be asked to provide a full version of their paper electronically by e-mail together with a paper copy to be sent by mail to RTA. Detailed instructions (Authors Package) and necessary material will be sent to each “Lead” author of papers by 18 DECEMBER 2009.