Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Mt. Lawley Campus


Dongguang Li


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Information Science


Li, D. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop for Applied PKC (IWAP2007), Mt. Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University, 3rd-4th December, 2007. Western Australia: Edith Cowan University.


IWAP2007 will be the sixth of a series of successful international workshops with focus on research and engineering issues of the applied aspects of public key cryptosystems. The inaugural IWAP event was held in Korea in 2001, and was subsequently held in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 respectively in Taipei, Japan, Singapore and China. The IWAP2003 was cancelled due to the SARS breakout. Theoreticians and practitioners interested in the applied issues of PKC were encouraged to participate and contribute to the continuous success of the IWAP workshop series. The host of the IWAP2007 is Edith Cowan University. It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to chair the IWAP conference in Perth, Australia in 2007.

Security is well recognized as a most important issue in e-commerce applications and national security systems while Public Key Cryptosystem (PKC) is widely accepted to be a key mechanism in secure application systems. As such, infrastructures that facilitate the management and deployment of public key cryptosystems have received much attention from the security community. Authorities and regulators have spent a lot of effort standardizing PKC-related standards and enacting legislations for recognizing PKC in business transactions. However, in reality, due to systems issues and engineering considerations, the adoption of PKC has not been as pervasive as the security community anticipated while high sensitivity application systems remain as vulnerable as they used to be.

The theme of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussing the systems and engineering aspects of security systems that make use of PKC as a basic security mechanism. It's observed that, over the past few years, there have been a growing number of critical application areas (such as the new generation travel documents by ICAO and payment cards by EMV) rely on the presence of some well-designed, well-engineered PKC. While there are existing venues for promoting theoretical aspects of PKC, IWAP 2007 aims to provide a platform for researchers to exchange ideas on applied aspects of PKC, and to stimulate further researchers to innovating and/or important applications of PKC as well as systems and engineering aspects for PKC deployment in a large complex environment.

There are 21 selected papers included in the proceedings. 13 of them are from Australian universities such as ECU, ANU, Deakin and James Cook University. Others are from 8 different countries including USA, Germany, China, Korea, Japan, Ukraine, Iran, and India. Although the conference is small in size it is really an international one. The conference will be opened by Prof Tony Watson, General Co-Chair and Pro Vice Chancellor, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Health and Sciences, Edith Cowan University. Participants from ten countries will deliver many outstanding presentations over two intense days. The papers in the Proceedings are ordered according to the original program sessions and their corresponding themes.

All the papers included in the proceedings have been peer reviewed in full by at least two independent reviewers selected from the international program committee.