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MSTEC 2019 : 1st Model-driven Simulation and Training Environments for Cybersecurity Workshop


When Sep 27, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
Where Luxembourg
Submission Deadline May 31, 2019
Notification Due Jun 30, 2019
Final Version Due Jul 31, 2019

Call For Papers

within The European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2019)

**** Abstract ****
The 1st Model-driven Simulation and Training Environments for Cybersecurity (MSTEC) addresses recent advances in the field of cyber modeling and simulation. It is aimed at providing a forum of practitioners and researchers to discuss cyber modeling and simulation (M&S) as well as its application to the development of cyber-security training scenarios and courses of action (COAs). Specifically, it will focus on the verification and validation (V&V) process, which provides the operational community with confidence in knowing that cyber models represent the real world, and will discuss how defense training may benefit from cyber models. It will also investigate advances in emulators, simulators and their potential combination. The workshop papers are expected to take a holistic approach to the overall system assurance process, presenting advances in the simulation of people, policies, processes, and technologies currently available in the field. The workshop aims to connect the multiple threads that currently compose cyber modelling and simulation into a coherent view of what is usable in order to train experts and non-computer-savvy users toward and assured operation of critical systems. The workshop will precede the ESORICS 2019 conference.

MSTEC encourages systems security researchers to share early iterations of bleeding-edge ideas with the community, before they are further developed into full papers. Reciprocally, authors receive feedback to help steer and improve their research to its full potential.

**** Topics of Interest ****
We invite submissions of full research and survey papers as well as posters on related topics to cybersecurity, including but not limited to:
- Cyber threat and training preparation models
- Cyber models and training design
- Cyber ranges for cybersecurity training and training facility
- Training platforms and evaluation scenarios
- On-line training procedures and courses of action (COAs)
- Training adaptation and training for non-cybersecurity experts
- Gamification and serious games
- Modeling and simulation for cyber training (M&S)
- Simulation and emulation of information systems, networks, and cyber attacks
- Real-time monitoring and visualization
- System assurance verification and validation (V&V)

In accordance with the spirit of MSTEC, we also seek:
- Quantified or insightful experience with existing systems
- Reproduction or refutation of previous results
- Negative results and early ideas

**** Important dates ****
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2019 (AoE, UTC-12)
Acceptance notification: June 30, 2019
Final paper due: July 31, 2019

**** Paper submissions ****
Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference/workshop with proceedings. The symposium proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS).

All submissions should follow the LNCS template (available from from the time they are submitted. Submitted papers should be at most 16 pages (using 10-point font), excluding the bibliography and well-marked appendices, and at most 20 pages total. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, so the paper should be intelligible without them. All submissions must be written in English. Submissions are to be made to the submission web site. Only pdf files will be accepted. Submissions are not anonymous.

Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Authors of accepted papers must agree with Springer LNCS copyright and guarantee that their papers will be presented at the conference.

Submission website:

**** Committee ****
Program Chair
- Sotiris Ioannidis, FORTH, Greece

General Chairs
- Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan, Italy
- Vassilis Prevelakis, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
- George Spanoudakis, Sphynx Technology Solutions AG, Switzerland
- Michael Vinov, IBM Israel, Israel

Web Chairs
- Othonas Soultatos, FORTH, Greece

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