BOCE 2019: The 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Blockchain-Oriented Cybersecurity Engineering

General description: 

The 2nd International Workshop on Block chain-Oriented Cyber security Engineering (BOCE 2019) will be held in conjunction with IEEE CCECE 2019 conference, in Edmonton, Canada from May 5- 8 and aims to unite scholars, practitioners, and innovative startups from all relevant cyber security, trust, and privacy disciplines who work and study in the space of block chain technology.

Past workshop:

The first round was held in conjunction with IEEE-block chain 2018 conference, Halifax, Canada.

Objectives and scope:

Cyber security is a pressing need of governments, businesses, and individuals that gets utmost priority for enforcement in almost any organizations. Rapid advances are being made in block chain technology (both in the number of published papers and the number of active researchers) with broadly diverse applications that promise to better meet business and individual security needs. Almost any article on block chain will point out that the cyber security could be revitalized if it is supported with block chain technology. Block chain as a popular ledger technology has the potential to be leveraged in different aspects of cyber security, digital forensics, cyber threat hunting and cyber threat intelligence. Block chain characteristics such as decentralization, verifiability and immutability may revolve current cyber security mechanisms for ensuring authenticity, reliability and integrity of data.

In order for its value to be practically and scientifically realized, the Workshop’s goal is to provide a sampling of recent advances and ideas on progresses of research and the practical usage of block chain technologies and smart contracts in addressing cyber security, forensics, cyber threat hunting and intelligence challenges and issues. The scope for this workshop will be the retrospective study of past trends and the current state of block chain-oriented cyber security in a clear context, allowing to imagine and then create future vectors in this specific domain. Of special interests are block chain-based secure data management implementations addressing privacy, integrity and other crucial security and forensics requirements.


 Workshop suggested topics include, not exhaustively, empirical and theoretical studies of the following:

  • Block chain-based authentication, authorization and accounting mechanisms
  • Applications of block chain technologies in digital forensic and threat hunting
  • Applications of block chain technologies in computer & hardware security
  • Block chain-based threat intelligence and threat analytics techniques
  • Formal specification of trust behaviors and patterns
  • Block chain based open-source tools
  • Forensics readiness of block chain technologies
  • Security and privacy aspects of block chain technologies
  • Vulnerabilities of smart contracts
  • Block chain for securing cyber infrastructure and IoT networks
  • Block chain-based security tools, techniques and procedures for Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
  • Block chain-based cyber security education systems
  • Side chain technologies

Important Dates:

 Submission of papers: 28 February 2019
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2019
Author Registration & Final Paper Submission: 31 March 2019


  • The format of the paper should follow the IEEE conference paper style. You can download a template and style guide here.
  • BOCE 2019 will only accept the electronic submission in pdf format of a full paper in English.
  • Workshop papers are limited to four (4) pages, without incurring extra page charges. The paper may be extended to eight (8) pages. In such a case, extra page charges will be applied (see Registration tab for the rate schedule).
  • Everyone presenting at the workshop will need to register to the CCECE (as an author), and that the accepted papers will be published in the CCECE proceedings (IEEE Xplore)


Paper submission should be addressed to: Dr. Reza Parizi ,


Note: Authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended version of their papers to our workshop special issue and Springer book:




Block-chain Cybersecurity, Trust, and Privacy


Program Committee Chairs:

  • Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo,University of Texas at San Antonio, USA (
  • Reza M. Parizi, Kennesaw State University, USA (
  • Ali Dehghantanha, University of Guelph, Canada (

 Program Committee:

  • Qi Zhang, IBM Thomas J. Research, USA
  • Solomon Negash, Kennesaw State University, USA
  • Gregory Epiphaniou, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Mohammad Hammoudeh, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Prashant Pillai, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Antonis Mouhtaropoulos, Digital Forensics Laboratory, University of Warwick, UK
  • Tooska Dargahi, University of Salford, UK
  • Muhammad Masoom Alam, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Amir Dirin, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science, Helsinki, Finland
  • Reza Esmaili, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Habtamu Abie, Norwegian Computing Center, Norway
  • Junggab Son, Kennesaw State University, USA
  • Hamed HaddadPajouh, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Sajad Homayoun, Shiraz University of Technology, Iran
  • Mohammad Shojafar, University of Padua, Italy