SEEA Security in the Engineering Education Arena

SEEA Security in the Engineering Education Arena
Complete Call for Papers
Security in the educational arena is a Special Session proposal that shows the importance of security in the educational field. All people and institutions involved in the learning process should have at least a minimum knowledge of security and/or follow a good practice guide or security policies. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, institutions, professors, and students had to install and work with online learning tools that they hardly knew. Therefore, security misconfigurations, lack of updates, or bad use of the technology have caused cybercriminals to turn their eyes to the educational world. The goal of this special session is to address security issues that may be useful for all members of the educational community as well as professionals developing online learning systems and tools.

Security incidents in education increased during the last year. An example of this is phishing attacks. These types of attacks led many universities to train their users on how to recognize and protect themselves from phishing. But, cybercriminals do not only carry out social engineering attacks. There are much more damaging vulnerabilities, such as injection, broken function level authorization or broken user authentication.

Educational systems are like many other systems. They have their own authentication, authorisation and communication services, libraries and user interfaces. They are also deployed over other applications such as web servers and are working along with other applications such as social networks. If they are not well programmed, deployed, configured, and installed then the system will be vulnerable. Therefore, qualified personnel must be hired who are capable of minimizing the risk of the system.

Another key point is the large number of users that educational systems support. These users should know about the risk of using technology and follow a set of good practices to reduce this risk.

Currently and because of the COVID19 pandemic, institutions with unqualified personnel have been forced to install and deploy educational systems where vulnerabilities have not been considered. Also, users with little experience in the use of certain applications have been forced to work with them. The attack surface of educational institutions has increased considerably, and therefore, opened a door to cybercriminals.

Finally, to remark the importance of security in educational arena IEEE standard association along with IEEE education society is working in the creation of a new standard called “The IEEE SA P2834 Education Society Joint Initiative on Standard for Secure and Trusted Learning Systems”. There are also other important Standards under development such as P7004 Privacy, Security and Data Governance and P7004.1 Safe and Secure Virtual Classroom.


  • Mobile security tools
  • Web security tools
  • Security training experiences
  • Computer security tools
  • Pentesting
  • Forensic techniques for social and educational tools
  • Social engineering in education
  • Learn to Learn competences
  • Protocols and Network Security
  • Network security tools
  • Security policies
  • Security monitory
  • Remote labs and security mechanisms
  • Secure remote learning tools for pupils
  • Honeypots
  • Bug Bounties
  • Distance and blended learning
  • Secure Coding Course
  • Social engineering
  • Courses based on capture the flag (Learning by doing)
  • Mobile learning
  • Security management system
  • Guidance for the implementation of an ISMS (IS Management System)
  • Information security risk management
  • Information security system management measurement and metrics
  • Ethical
  • Computer Hacking Forensics
  • Security Analyst
  • Penetration tests
 Program Committee
  • Chair, Elio San Cristobal, UNED, Spain, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.
  • Manuel Castro, UNED, Spain
  • Gabriel Díaz, UNED, Spain.
  • Roberto Hernández, UNED, Spain
  • Antonio Robles, UNED, Spain
  • María de los Llanos Tobarra UNED, Spain
  • Rafael Pastor, UNED, Spain
  • Miguel Rodríguez Artacho, UNED, Spain
  • Pedro Plaza, UNED, Spain
  • German Carro, UNED, Spain
  • Saliah-Hassane, Hamadou, TELUQ University, Canada.
  • Russ Meier, MSOE, USA.
  • Gearóid Ó Súilleabhái, MTU, Ireland
  • Maria Larrondo Petrie, FAU, USA
  • Luis Felipe Zapata ERAU, USA
  • Johann M. Marquez-Barja, University of Antwerp, Belgium
 Important Dates
  • Deadline for complete paper submissions: June 30, 2021 using
  • Notification of paper acceptance: September 10, 2021
  • Submissions final camera-ready papers: September 20, 2021
  • Online authors and early registration deadline September 20, 2021
  • Conference: November 15-18, 2021