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CPS4CIP 2021 : The 2nd International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security for Critical Infrastructures Protection


When Oct 4, 2021 - Oct 8, 2021
Where Darmstadt, Germany
Submission Deadline Aug 16, 2021
Notification Due Aug 23, 2021
Final Version Due Sep 13, 2021
Categories    cyber-physical security   cyber-security   financial security   critical infrastructure

Call For Papers

Call For Papers deadline extended to 16.08.2021.

The 2nd International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security for Critical Infrastructures Protection (CPS4CIP 2021)

Co-located with The 26th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2021)

Darmstadt, Germany on October 04 – 08, 2021

ESORICS 2021, as well as the accompanying workshops, will take place virtually this year.

CPS4CIP 2021 is the second workshop dedicated to cyber-physical security for protecting critical infrastructures that support finance, energy, health, air transport, communication, gas, and water. The secure operation of such critical infrastructures is essential to the security of a nation, its economy, and the public's health and safety. Security incidents in 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 even more critical, sophisticated, and interconnected than 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, the workshop encourages contributions focusing on the interplay between the digital and physical aspects of security problems and capable of fostering new, intelligent, collaborative, and more dynamic approaches to detect, prevent and mitigate security incidents, such as:
1. Intelligent monitoring and data collection of security-related information
2. Predictive analytics over the collected data based on AI techniques (such as machine learning) that enable the identification of complex attack patterns
3. Triggering of preventive and mitigation measures in advance of or shortly after the occurrence of an attack
4. Allowing all stakeholders to collaborate in vulnerability assessment, risk analysis, threat identification, threat mitigation, and compliance

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, machine 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: 19.07.2021 - extended to 16.08.2021
Notification to authors: 23.08.2021
Camera-ready versions: 13.09.2021

Paper Submission Guidelines

Submissions are to be made to the submission website ( 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, University of Trento and Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Italy

PC Chair(S)

Luca Verderame, University of Genoa, Italy
Enrico Cambiaso, National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Rita Ugarelli, SINTEF, Norway
Gabriele Giunta, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, Italy
Isabel Praça, GECAD/ISEP, Portugal
Federica Pascucci, Roma Tre University, Italy

Program Committee
- 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
- 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
- Federica Battisti, University of Padua, 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
- Shouhuai Xu, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA 
- Christos Xenakis, University of Piraeus, Greece
- Mauro Conti, University of Padua, Italy
- Denis Čaleta, Institute for Corporate Security Studies, Slovenia
- Ali Dehghantanha, University of Guelph, Canada
- Dušan Gabrielčič, Institute Jožef Stefan, Slovenia
- Nikolaus Wirtz, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
- Theodore Zahariadis, The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
- Adrien Bécue, AIRBUS CyberSecurity, France
- Lorenzo Sutton, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., Italy
- Harsha Ratnaweera, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
- Volodymyr V. Tarabara, Michigan State University, USA
- Christos Makropoulos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- Alessandro Neri, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
- Stefano Panzieri, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
- David Tipping, DeftEdge, USA
- Dionysis Nikolopoulos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- Véronique Legrand, Cnam, France
- Ioan Constantin, Orange Romania, Romania
- Tim Stelkens-Kobsch, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
- Matteo Mangini, Network Integration and Solutions S.r.l., Italy
- Corinna Köpke, Fraunhofer-Institut für Kurzzeitdynamik, Germany
- Vasileios Kazoukas, Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), Greece
- Georgios Spanoudakis, Sphynx Technology, Switzerland
- Haris Mouratidis, University of Brighton, UK
- Sotiris Ioannidis, Technical University of Crete and Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
- Matthias Eckhart, SBA Research, Austria
- Sofia Tsekeridou, INTRASOFT International, Greece
- Johanna Ullrich, SBA Research, Austria
- Muhammad Taimoor Khan, University of Greenwich, UK
- Miguel Mira da Silva, INOV, Portugal
- Ilias Gialampoukidis, Information Technologies Institute (ITI), Greece
- Ilias Gkotsis, KEMEA , Greece
- Simon Hacks, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
- Ariadni Michalitsi - Psarrou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- Anna Georgiadou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- Angelos Liapis, Κonnekt-able, Ireland
- Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro, IMT (Institut Mines-Telecom), France
- Nikos Passas, Univercity of Piraeus, Greece

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

- CyberSANE (
- FeatureCloud (
- InfraStress ( 
- SATIE ( 
- SecureGas ( 
- SmartResilience (
- EnergyShield (
- SealedGrid (

- NORCICS (Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors) project ( funded by the Research Council of Norway under the Center for Research-based Innovation (SFI)
- RESTABILISE4.0 (Restabilise and Energy: Specialization of Enabling Technologies for Balancing Energy Infrastructures and Systems) project ( Confunded by START4.0 - Competence Center for security and optimization of strategic infrastructures

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