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Yanchao Zhang, associate professor in Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE), and Moti Yung, an internationally renowned cryptographer and computer scientist at Snapchat, served as the Technical Program Chairs for the 2017 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS) on October 9–11, 2017 in Las Vegas. 

IEEE CNS is a core conference of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) society and the only ComSoc conference focusing solely on cyber security. In its fifth year, it provided a leading forum for cyber security researchers, practitioners, policy makers and users to exchange ideas, techniques and tools, and to raise awareness and share experiences related to all practical and theoretical aspects of communications and network security. The conference was well attended with 200 registrants from all over the world.

The conference program included keynote addresses by Markus Jakobsson of Agari and Kang G. Shin of the University of Michigan. There were 11 technical sessions covering various research areas, spanning privacy, cyber deception, wireless MIMO security, malicious/benign Inference, system security, attacks, VANET security, cloud security, dynamic spectrum access (DSA) security, wireless security and mobile and internet of things security.

In addition to the technical papers, the conference’s program included a panel on the Academic Perspective on IoT Security and Privacy as well as a poster track with 19 posters, covering timely topics in communications and network security. IEEE CNS 2017 was further complemented by five related workshops focusing on various aspects of communications and network security: Physical-Layer Methods for Wireless Security, Network and Cloud Forensics, Security and Privacy in the Cloud, Security and Privacy in Digital Advertising and Cyber-Physical Systems Security.

IEEE CNS 2017 also presented the first CNS Industry Track. The track’s goal was to provide a forum for leading researchers and practitioners from the industry, to share their thoughts, needs, and experiences with scientists from academia and research labs, so as to jointly develop an understanding and appreciation of pressing cyber security challenges that require our joint attention. The track consisted of four panels presenting industry leading experts dealing with emerging topics in communications and network security, covering the subjects of Ecosystems of Connected Devices, Network Function Virtualization Security, Securing Healthcare and Defense against the Dark Arts.

IEEE CNS 2017 received generous financial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Army Research Office (ARO) and Cisco.

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