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Organized by: A4Cloud

Participating projects: CIRRUS, CocoCloud, SPECS, CUMULUS 



Cloud computing is arising as one a key technology that is being adopted progressively by companies and users. Still, there are issues such as security and how users data is dealt with.   

The 1st A4Cloud summer school will be one of the first one of its type in the area of security and accountability in the cloud. The main aim of the summer school will be to constitute as a reference event for the training of young researchers and practitioners in the areas of Accountability and security in the cloud. 

For its first edition, the school, organized by the EU-funded A4Cloud project, will count with the collaboration of the European projects CIRRUS, CocoCloud, CUMULUS and SPECS. This makes the school a very attractive forum in Accountability and Security in the cloud.

List of lectures

Accountability in the Cloud

  • Conceptual Framework for Cloud Accountability. Massimo Felici (HP Labs, UK)

Security in the Cloud

  • Current Approaches to Cloud Security. Marina Egea (ATOS, ES)
  • Security in Cloud SLAs. Valentina Casola (University of Naples, IT)

Empirical Aspects of Accountability and Security in the Cloud

  • Metrics for Accountability. Carmen Fernandez-Gago (University of Malaga, ES)
  • Trust and Risk models for Cloud. Erdal Cayirci (University of Stavanger, NO). 
  • Cloud Forensics. Ludo Block (Grant Thornton, NL)

Socio-Economic-Legal Perspectives

  • Socio-economic Context of Cloud Accountability. Ronald Leenes, Maartje Niezen (Tilburg University, NL)

  • How can cloud users be supported in deciding, tracking and controlling how their data are used? Simone Fischer-Hübner (Karlstad University, SE)

  • Legal Aspects of accountability. Brian Dziminski and Niamh Gleeson (QMUL, UK)

Cloud Computing Standards

  • Interoperability and Standards in Cloud Computing. Alain Pannetrat (Cloud Security Alliance)

Glossary of Terms and Definitions

  • Accountability Terms and Definitions. Massimo Felici (HP Labs, UK)

Call for Papers / Presentations

We invite contributions from young researchers and practitioners who would benefit from presenting their work as well as receiving training on Accountability and Security in the Cloud. Participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work and share their experiences with experts from academia and industry. Submitted papers/presentations will be peer-reviewed and receive feedback from the A4Cloud’s technical committee.

We welcome contributions from young researchers and practitioners who are working in the following areas or related ones:

  • Privacy, security and trust in cloud environments
  • Accountable clouds
  • Socio-economic aspects of cloud computing
  • Legal perspective of cloud computing
  • Cloud forensics
  • Cloud standards

The school programme will consist of invited presentations/lectures and peer-reviewed research work. The organisers will publish post-proceedings of the summer school in the form of a reader consisting of contributions covering the state-of-the-art as well as on-going research in the areas of Accountability and Security in the Cloud. Thus, accepted papers will be published by Springer under the LNCS Tutorial series.

Submission Instructions

We invite submissions of full papers that should emphasise/address the following points:

  • Brief abstract summarising the main contribution
  • Scope of work in terms of relevant topics
  • The problem is addressing
  • Phases of the work and stage of it
  • Expected results/contributions

Authors could submit their work through the following EasyChair link

Papers must be no longer than 15 pages and they should follow the Springer template.

Important Dates

- Earlybird Registration deadline: Until 25th of April, 2014

- School dates: 2nd - 6th of June, 2014

- Full Paper Submissions: 13th of June, 2014

- Notification of acceptance to authors: 4th of July, 2014

- Camera-ready papers: 18th of July, 2014

- Register here!


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:00-09:00 REGISTRATION
09:00-11:00 Welcome and School Introduction (15 min)        

Cloud Security SLA


Valentina Casola

Concepts on Cloud Accountability


Massimo Felici

How can cloud users be supported in deciding, tracking and controling how their data are used?



Metrics for accountability


Carmen Fernandez-Gago

Risk and trust models for cloud accountability


Erdal Cayirci

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Cloud forensics


Ludo Block

Interoperability and Standards in cloud computing


Alain Pannetrat

Analysis of log data for improving transparency


Jenni Reuben Shanthamoorthy

Privacy-preserving Identity Management as a Service


David Nuñez, Isaac Agudo and Javier Lopez

StealthGuard: Proofs of Retrievability With Hidden Watchdogs


Monir Azraoui, Kaoutar Elkhiyaoui, Refik Molva and Melek Önen

Cloud Forensics


Seref Sagiroglu and Duygu Sinanç

Current approaches to cloud security


Marina Egea

Risk and trust models for cloud accountability


Erdal Cayirci

13:30-15:00 Lunch

Agent-based Evidence Collection in Cloud Computing


Philipp Ruf 

Cloud Forensics and Big Data


Duygu Sinanç and Ramazan Terzi

Accountability Evidence framework for Cloud Services with Trusted Event-Linked Time Stamping


Rui Aleixo Pais, Håvard Molland, Tomasz Wiktor Wlodarczyk and Chunming Rong

A Certification framework for cloud security properties


Marina Egea and Maria Rosa Vieira

Icons for Accountability in the cloud


Adele Calamo Specchia

Legal aspects of cloud accountbility


Brian Dziminski and Niamh Gleeson

Socio-economic context of cloud accountability


Maartje Niezen

Open Discussion and Q/A Session School closing and Goodbye

Download Programme PDF


Please contact Carmen Fernandez-Gago (mcgago@lcc.uma.es), if you require further information.


Organization Committee

  • Carmen Fernandez- Gago (chair) (UMA, Spain)
  • Nick Wainwright (HP Labs, UK)
  • Vasilis Tontopoulos (ATC, Greece)
  • Marina Egea (ATOS, Spain)
  • Aljosa Pasic (ATOS, Spain)

Technical Committee

  • Massimo Felici (HP Labs, UK)
  • Marina Egea (ATOS, ES)
  • Valentina Casola (University of Naples, IT)
  • Carmen Fernandez-Gago (University of Malaga, ES)
  • Erdal Cayirci (University of Stavanger, NO). 
  • Ludo Block (Grant Thornton, NL)
  • Ronald Leenes, Maartje Niezen (Tilburg University, NL)
  • Simone Fischer-Hübner (Karlstad University, SE)
  • Brian Dziminski (QMUL, UK)
  • Alain Pannetrat (Cloud Security Alliance)

School venue and location


The school will be hosted by the School of Informatics (E.T.S. Ingenieria Informatica) of the University of Málaga. Located in the "Campus de Teatinos", it has an easy access from Málaga downtown by bus or taxi. If you arrive by bus, take bus number 11 from the city center and get off at the last stop. You will see the school in front of you, just crossing the road.

Once you arrive at the School you will find indications about how to reach the room where the school will be held. 

Málaga is a large city in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia . The largest city on the Costa del Sol, Malaga, has a typical  Mediterranean climate and is also known as the birthplace of the artist Picasso. The city offers beaches, hiking, architectural sites, art  museums, and excellent shopping and cuisine. While more laid back than Madrid or Barcelona, Malaga is the center and transport hub for  the hugely popular Costa del Sol region. However, Malaga also offers some genuinely interesting historical and cultural attractions in its  old city and its setting on the coast is beautiful.

School fees

The fee is 250€ (for Earlybird Registration until 25th of April, 2014) and covers lunches and coffee breaks each day. Four hotels have been suggested for accommodation. Please advise the Registration and Accommodation Form here!

School Partners

The school is organized by the EU FP7 projects A4Cloud In cooperation with COCO-Cloud, CIRRUS, SPECS and CUMULUS.