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CPS4CIP 2020 2020 : The 1st International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security for Critical Infrastructures Protection


When Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
Where Guildford, United Kingdom
Submission Deadline Jul 12, 2020
Notification Due Aug 7, 2020
Final Version Due Aug 20, 2020
Categories    cyber-physical   cyber-security   physical security   critical infrastructure

Call For Papers

The 1st International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security for Critical Infrastructures Protection (CPS4CIP 2020)

Co-located with The 25th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2020)

Guildford, United Kingdom on September 14 - 18, 2020
About the COVID-19 emergency

Being a colocated event, the workshop will follow the decisions of the ESORICS organizing committee, that at the moment are:

The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. After evaluating the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to run ESORICS 2020 and the associated workshops as an all-digital conference experience, and it will now be an online event. Therefore, ESORICS 2020 will take place as entirely virtual. The conference and workshop dates remain the same: September 14 - 18, 2020.

The conference proceedings will be published in the LNCS series as planned. Springer have committed to publishing LNCS proceedings even in the event that conferences are cancelled, held virtually, or postponed.

CPS4CIP’20 is the first workshop dedicated to the cyber-physical security for protecting critical infrastructures that support finance, energy, health, air transport, communication, gas, and water. The secure operation of these critical infrastructures is essential to the security of a nation, its economy, and the public's health and safety. Security incidents in the critical infrastructures can directly lead to a violation of users’ safety and privacy, physical damages, significant economic impacts on individuals and companies, and threats to human life while decreasing trust in institutions and questioning their social value. Because of the increasing interconnection between the digital and physical worlds, these infrastructures and services are more critical, sophisticated and interconnected than ever before. This makes them increasingly vulnerable to attacks, as confirmed by the steady rise of cyber-security incidents, such as phishing or ransomware, but also cyber-physical incidents, such as physical violation of devices or facilities in conjunction with malicious cyber activities.
To address all these challenges, the CPS4CIP workshop has the objective of bringing together security researchers and practitioners from the various verticals of critical infrastructures (such as the financial, energy, health, air transport, communication, gas and water domains) to rethink cyber-physical security in the light of latest technology developments; e.g., Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Big Data, AI, Internet-of-Things (IoT). Specifically, value will be given to contributions focusing on the interplay between the digital and physical aspects of security problems and capable to foster new, intelligent, collaborative and more dynamic approaches to detect, prevent and mitigate security incidents, such as (i) intelligent monitoring and data collection of security-related information; (ii) predictive analytics over the collected data based on AI-based (i.e., deep learning mechanisms) that enable the identification of complex attack patterns; (iii) triggering of preventive and mitigation measures in advance of the occurrence of the attack; (iv) allowing all stakeholders to collaborate in vulnerability assessment, risk analysis, threat identification, threat mitigation, and compliance.

The workshop will provide a forum for dissemination, demonstration and discussion of original scientific and experimental results of cyber-physical security of critical infrastructures and services.

Topics of Interest
CPS4CIP invites submissions that present innovative ideas, proof of concepts, use cases, experience reports, and results from a variety of topics relevant to the security of critical infrastructures and services. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- AI, deep learning for predictive security of Critical Infrastructures
- Integrated (cyber & physical) security
- Collaborative risk assessment/mitigation in supply chains
- Confronting complex threats and their cascading effects
- Adaptive anomaly detection
- Blockchain solutions for cyber and data security of critical infrastructures
- Risk Assessment and management
- Identification, assessment, and mitigation of cyber-physical threats
- Automated vulnerability assessment and penetration testing services
- Privacy preserving data collection and analytics
- Dynamic security knowledge base
- Measuring Security Levels in critical infrastructures
- Adaptive security-related data collection
- AI CCTV analytics
- Security compliance services
- Automation for detection, prevention and mitigation measures

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 28.06.2020 - Extended to 12.07.2020
Notification to authors: 28.07.2020 - Extended to 07.08.2020
Camera-ready versions: 20.08.2020

Paper Submission Guidelines

Submissions are to be made to the submission web site ( in pdf format. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register and present their work at the workshop; otherwise the paper will not be included in the proceedings.

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that have been simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Submissions should be at most 16 pages long (full paper), or 8 pages (short paper) including the bibliography and appendices, and should follow the LNCS style (

Pre-proceedings will be made available at the workshop. Accepted conference papers are planned to be published by Springer in the LNCS collection.

Workshop Organizers
General Chair(s)

Habtamu Abie, Norwegian Computing Center, Norway
Silvio Ranise, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Italy

PC Chair(S)

Luca Verderame, University of Genova, Italy
Alberto Siena, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Italy
Enrico Cambiaso, National Research Council (CNR), Italy

Program Committee [tentative]
- Dieter Gollmann, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
- Sokratis Katsikas, , Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
- Javier Lopez, University of Malaga, Spain
- Fabio Martinelli, IIT-CNR, Italy
- Einar Arthur Snekkenes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
- Pierangela Samarati, University of Milan, Italy
- Omri Soceanu, IBM Research, Israel
- Stamatis Karnouskos, SAP Research, Germany
- Reijo Savola, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
- Alessandro Armando, University of Genoa, Italy
- Alessio Merlo, University of Genoa, Italy
- Cristina Alcaraz, University of Malaga, Spain
- Giovanni Livraga, University of Milan, Italy
- Gustavo Gonzalez-Granadillo, Atos Spain, Spain
- Stefan Poslad, Queen Mary University of London, UK
- Shouhuai Xu, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
- Christos Xenakis, University of Piraeus, Greece
- Mauro Conti, University of Padua, Italy
- Audun Josang, University of Oslo, Norway

The workshop is supported by the projects of the European Cluster for Securing Critical Infrastructures (ECSCI -, namely

- InfraStress (
- SecureGas (

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