The First International Conference on Global Defense and Business Continuity

ICGD&BC 2007

July 1-6, 2007 - Silicon Valley, USA

Call for Papers

Making networks and systems robust must consider the need for reduced CAPEX (fewer network elements and less space required) as well as reduced OPEX (lower power consumption, less boxes to manage, fewer issues with software versions, configurations, spares, etc.). At a large scale, all these aspects must be considered in the design phase and appropriate maintenance plans must be in place to avoid.

The International Conference on Global Defense and Business Continuity (ICGD&BC 2007) initiates a series of industrial/academic events dedicated to systems protection and business continuity. It brings into the picture resiliency, redundancy, emergency, and disaster recovery together with the chief topics business continuity, disaster recovery, risk analysis, trust, digital rights, and biometrics.

Current practice for engineering carrier grade IP networks suggests n-redundancy schema. From the operational perspective, complications are involved with multiple n-box PoP. It is not guaranteed that this n-redundancy provides the desired 99.999% uptime. Two complementary solutions promote (i) high availability, which enables network-wide protection by providing fast recovery from faults that may occur in any part of the network, and (ii) non-stop routing. Theory on robustness stays behind the attempts for improving system reliability with regard to emergency services and containing the damage through disaster prevention, diagnosis and recovery.

Highly reliable emergency communications are required by public safety and disaster relief agencies to perform recovery operations or associated with disasters or serious network events. Future advanced network development and evolution should take into consideration these requirements through solutions:

  • Identification of suitable technologies, i.e., narrowband and broadband aspects,
  • Interoperability and interworking between emergency communications capabilities and public networks,
  • Preferential access to communications resources capabilities, applications, and facilities,
  • Preferential use of remaining operational resources.

The conference covers a large spectrum of topics related to global defense and business continuity technologies. Topics are clustered into specialized tracks treating about business continuity, risk assessment, privacy, digital rights and biometrics techniques. 

The conference has the following specialized tracks:
BUSINESS: Business continuity
RISK: Risk assessment
DISASTER: Emergency services and disaster recovery
TRUST: Privacy and trust in pervasive communications   
RIGHT: Digital rights management
BIOTEC: Biometric techniques
We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, standards, implementations, running experiments and applications. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited topic areas.

Industrial presentations are not subject to these constraints. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.  

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged. 

The following track topics are expected to be covered:

BUSINESS: Business continuity
Regulatory compliance
Techniques for business continuity planning in the real world
Business contingency and resumption planning
Emotional continuity management
Semiotic engineering of online services
Emergency preparedness for industry and commerce
Updating, auditing and testing plans
Reduce downtime with continuous backup
Global connectivity and international formats
Web-based planning tools
Automatic high speed notification and response for business continuity
Centralized management
Businesses continuity planning software
On-demand business transformation

RISK: Risk assessment
Risk assessment information systems
Modeling risk assessment
Risk Assessment methods
Global risk assessment
Qualitative risk assessments
Quantitative risk assessment
Challenges in risk assessment
Risk assessment for economy
Risk assessment for security of communications systems
Safety risk assessment
Health system risk assessment
Integrated risk assessment
Planning tools for proactive risk assessment 
Risk management
Risk factors and economic impact
Risk metrics and calibration
Precaution and risk balance
Risk and economic analysis of terrorism events
Risk analysis for extreme events
Life cycle assessment in decision making
Environmental risk assessment
Credit ratings risk assessment
Risk Assessment statistics & numerical data
Risk assessment standards
Risk assessment tools and support software

DISASTER: Emergency services and disaster recovery
Networks emergency services
Reliable emergency communications and applications
Response to the networks emergency services
Disaster prevention and recovery
Fighting mechanisms for disaster of networks and applications
Networks resiliency methods
Recovery in various networks
Theory on robust networks
Customer protection and serviceability perception
Cost models and business impact
Cultural and legal aspects
Future advanced network development and evolution
Standards and guidelines
Lawful interception and defense strategies
Security issues with emergency services and disaster recovery

TRUST: Privacy and trust in pervasive communications   
Trust development and management
Engineering requirements for trust management
Formalisms for trust specification, verification and validation
Logics for the analysis of trust and for reasoning about trust
Legal framework for online trust environments
Trust in semantic Web services
Reputation systems
Distributed trust management
Trust on anonymous documents
Privacy and trust
Trust in collaborative work and risk assessment
Risk analysis to assess user trust
Human behaviors in trusted environments
Trust in virtual communities
Trust mediation in knowledge management
Trust planning and evaluation metrics 
Trust policies
Self-adaptable trust mechanisms
Identity Management in pervasive environments (requirements, levels of abstractions, context, protection, etc.)
Assurance (compliance, assurance, audit, security requirements)

RIGHT: Digital rights management
Ontology and frameworks on digital rights management
Digital rights property languages
Semantic and encoding of digital rights
Rights granularity
Digital right technologies
Digital rights management schemes
Federated digital rights management
Distributed digital rights management
Copyright protection schemes
Digital rights management ands social norms
Faire use, innovation, and competition
Trading fair use for digital rights management
Digital rights management and open access
Privacy engineering for digital rights management
Value-centered design for digital rights management
Free software and digital rights management
P2P and digital rights management
Broadband/IPTV content protection and digital rights management
Digital right management and content licensing
Digital rights management issues in real-time and safety/mission systems
RFID tags for digital rights management
Digital rights management in learning systems
Legal policy and digital right management

BIOTEC: Biometric techniques
Models and techniques for biometric technologies
Finger, facial, iris, voice, and skin biometrics
Biometric security
Signature recognition
Multimodal biometrics
Verification and identification techniques
Accuracy of biometric technologies
Authentication smart cards and biometric metrics
Performance and assurance testing
Limitations of biometric technologies
Biometric card technologies
Biometric wireless technologies
Biometric software and hardware
Biometric standards


The ICGD&BC 2007 Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services, posted via IEEE Xplore Digital Library and indexed with major indexes. .

Important deadlines:

Submission deadline March 4, 2007
Notification April 7, 2007
Registration and camera ready April 20, 2007

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via the EDAS system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11" (two columns IEEE format), not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the IEEE CS Press an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will be published in the conference’s CD collection, together with the regular papers. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals can be for half or full day tutorials. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to .

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