MobiSec was the second ICST conference on security and privacy for mobile information and communication systems. It was held in front of the beautiful historic backdrop of Catania, the Sicilian town with marvelous views of Mt. Etna. The never fully dormant volcano provided appropriate scenery, metaphorically relating to the security threats faced by mobile users and networks.
The papers in this volume show the broad spectrum of mobile security research that reflects the heterogeneity of connected devices – from personal computers and the computationally powerful core elements of mobile networks, to machine-to-machine communication devices and wireless sensor networks. Two thematic foci emerged: the first theme focused on the user as a mobile entity and a concentrator of security requirements; the second theme focused on threats to user devices showing the vulnerabilities of current mobile technology. We think it is fair to say that one conclusion of MobiSec 2010 is that there will and must be increasing research intensity on mobile security in the coming years.
This second edition of MobiSec, beyond attracting excellent scientific papers, featured a very interesting by-program. Our distinguished keynote speakers Selim Aissi from Intel and Anand Prasad from NEC shed light on major industries’ perspectives on mobile network standardization, and the landscape of emerging threats. A panel discussion gave us insight into the importance of the software development cycle in building secure mobile applications, and practical limitations to security. Finally, a tutorial was held that showed ways of engineering awareness-rich control interfaces for mobile devices and applications, to build a bridge between privacy and personalization.
Within the vast area of mobile technology research and application, this second MobiSec strove to make a small, but unique, contribution. Our aim was to build a bridge between top-level research and large-scale applications of novel kinds of information security for mobile devices and communication. It was a privilege to serve this event as Organizing Committee.
Many people contributed to the success of MobiSec. It was a privilege to work with these dedicated persons, and we would like to thank them all for their efforts. The Organizing 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 Program Committee—the soul of each scientific event. The support of the conference organizer, ICST, is greatly acknowledged. Finally, we would like to thank Imrich Chlamtac and the members of the Steering Committee for their support and guidance during these months.