Paper submission deadline extended to May 24th



The 6th International Symposium for ICS & SCADA Cyber Security brings together researchers with an interest in the security of industrial control systems in the light of their increasing exposure to cyber-space. The topics of interests are broad, ranging from security for hardware/firmware used in industrial control systems, to system aspects of ICS such as secure architectures and vulnerability screening to the human aspects of cyber security such as behaviour modelling and training. ICS-CSR is a research conference aimed at high quality academic research in any of the specified themes and topics of interest. We welcome original contributions that present innovative ideas, proof of concepts, use cases, and results from a variety of domains with a wish to enhance the security of infrastructure.

Proceedings of the ICS-CSR are hosted by the British Computer Society (BCS) in their eWiC series. Proceedings are indexed in the ACM Digital Library, EBSCO, DBPL and Google Scholar.

This year's conference will take place on the 10th to 12th of September 2019 at University of Piraeus (Day 1) and the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media (Days 2 and 3) in Athens, Greece.

As with previous editions, we will be inviting the best conference submissions to a special issue in Elsevier Journal of Information Security and Applications (JISA) and in EAI Transactions on Security and Safety. Papers will have to be significantly extended and will undergo an additional peer-review process before acceptance. The call for extended papers will be distributed at the conference.

Topics of Interest and Special Sessions


ICS-CSR is welcoming contributions that have a direct application or relevance to security aspects of Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA), Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart City, or Industry 4.0.

This list of topics is not meant to be exhaustive; ICS-CSR is interested in all aspects of computer security relating to ICS. Papers without a clear application to SCADA, Embedded Systems or Industrial Control, however, will be considered out of scope and may be rejected without full review.

Main Conference Themes

  • Hardware Security Solutions
    • Encryption, Authentication, Availability Assurance
    • Resilient Systems
    • Application Security
    • Secure Firmware
    • Communication Systems
    • Timing Vulnerabilities in RT-Control Systems
    • Security Implications of Feature Interactions
  • System Security
    • Security Architectures
    • Safety-Security Interactions
    • Intrusion Detection
    • Security Monitoring
    • Malware Analysis
    • Cyber Security Engineering
    • Vulnerability Assessment/Screening
    • Secure Communication Protocols
    • Metrics
    • Anonymity
    • Language-based Security
    • Network Security
    • Patching and Maintenance
  • Digital Forensics and Response
    • Hardware Forensics
    • Incident Response
    • Live Forensics
    • Accountability
    • Forensic Readiness
  • Security Management
    • Risk Management
    • Security Metrics
    • Governance and Policy
    • Business Continuity
    • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Human Factors Security
    • Awareness and Training
    • Behavioural Modelling
    • Threat Profiling

Accepted Papers

...will be announced in due time.

Submission and Guidelines


Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Papers must be clearly presented in English, must not exceed 10 pages, including tables, figures, references and appendixes and follow the EWIC formatting guidelines: Accepted papers will be published in conference proceedings and indexed in the ACM digital library.

All papers will be peer reviewed by members of the Programme Committee. Papers will be selected based on their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation. Distinguished papers, after further revisions, will be considered for publication in a special issue. The program committee will select a Best Paper Award winner for this conference. Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work.

Submit your paper via EasyChair:

Instructions for Short Positional Paper Submission:

We welcome the submission of short positional papers for poster presentation during the conference. Positional papers must be clearly presented in English, must not exceed 4 pages, including tables, figures, references and appendixes and follow the EWIC formatting guidelines: Accepted papers will be eligible for inclusion for presentation as a poster during the conference and selected papers will be included as an annex in the published conference proceedings. Submit your short positional paper via EasyChair: and use the prefix "POSITIONAL" in the registration title.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: May 24th, 2019 (23:59 CET) - extended
Acceptance Notification: June 16th, 2016
Registration: June 20th, 2019
Conference: Workshop: September 10th, 2019, University of Piraeus Conference: September 11th - September 12th, 2019, Ministry of Digital Policy, Athens

Keynote Speakers


To be Confirmed. Previous Keynote Speakers include John S. Baras (University of Maryland), John Matherly (Shodan), Stephan Luders (CERN), Eric Byres (Tofino, Belden), Thomas Brandstetter (Limes), Sally Levesley (New Risk), and Eeiran Leverett (Cambridge University).


Conference Registration will open in May 2019.

Organisers and Partners

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De Montfort University is a public research and teaching university situated in the city of Leicester, England, adjacent to the River Soar and the Leicester Castle Gardens. In 2008, 70% of the university's research was deemed 'world leading' (40%), or 'internationally excellent' (30%) in the United Kingdom Research Assessment Exercise. The university's pioneering research, driven by over 1,000 research students and supported by 500 staff, is internationally renowned and addresses some of the most critical issues affecting our world. Demonstrating the significance of this work, three key pieces of research are listed among the UK's top 100 projects that will have a profound impact on the future.

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The University of Piraeus was founded in 1938 under the title of the "School for Industrial Studies", by the Industrialists and Tradesmen Association. Today, the following nine Departments are run by the University of Piraeus: i) Economics, ii) Business Administration, iii) Statistics and Insurance Science, iv) Financial Management and Banking, v) Industrial Management, vi) Maritime Studies, vii) Informatics, viii) Digital Systems and ix) International and European Studies. The Department of Digital Systems covers the areas of digital/network services, broadband (wireless and optical) networks, as well as the security of digital systems. The department's research staff consists of 25 faculty members, 20 postdoctoral researchers and 75 PhD candidates, whose collective expertise covers many key areas in distributed systems and services. Driven by the evolution of the e-business area, in 2008, the department invested on the organization of a new Postgraduate Degree Programme, on "Digital Systems Security", and the assembly of a research laboratory the Systems Security Laboratory (SSLab). SSLab paves the way for the realization of a secure and trustworthy digital society focusing on the areas of Network Security, Wireless and Mobile Communications Security, Intrusion Detection Systems, Trust and Security Management, Web Security, Formal Methods for the Analysis and Design of Cryptographic Protocols, Hardware and Software Reverse Engineering, Privacy Enhancing Technologies, Digital Forensic, Legal and Regulatory issues in Data and Privacy Protection, Security and Privacy Economics, Medical Informatics Security and Privacy, and Risk Assessment Methodologies.


The National Cyber Security Authority (NCSA) of Greece was established in the General Secretariat of Digital Policy, Ministry of Digital Policy Telecommunications and Media following a Presidential Degree. NCSA is responsible for coordinating all competent Ministries and independent authorities of Greece, in order to take all necessary steps towards a secure Greek Cyber space. The Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media is responsible for planning and implementing national policy, as well as contributing to the development of the appropriate institutional frameworks in the fields of information, audiovisual, telecommunication and communication technologies, as well as eGovernment at a European and international level.

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The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is a centre of expertise for cyber security in Europe. The Agency is located in Greece with its seat in Athens and a branch office in Heraklion, Crete. ENISA is actively contributing to a high level of network and information security (NIS) within the Union, since it was set up in 2004, to the development of a culture of NIS in society and in order to raise awareness of NIS, thus contributing to proper functioning of the internal market. The Agency works closely together with Members States and private sector to deliver advice and solutions. This includes, the pan-European Cyber Security Exercises, the development of National Cyber Security Strategies, CSIRTs cooperation and capacity building, but also studies on secure Cloud adoption, addressing data protection issues, privacy enhancing technologies and privacy on emerging technologies, eIDs and trust services, and identifying the cyber threat landscape, and others. ENISA also supports the development and implementation of the European Union's policy and law on matters relating to NIS.


EU regulations require member nations to ensure that 80% of residential households will be fitted with Smart Grid nodes, also known as smart meters by 2020. Following these regulations, utility companies have allocated a lot of effort to install smart meters into millions of homes across Europe. However, besides the benefits of such an endeavor, the power grid, which is a vital economic and social infrastructure, will be exposed to security threats inherited from the ICT sector, while privacy issues and new vulnerabilities, related to the specific characteristics of the SG infrastructure, will emerge. Currently existing works contain vulnerabilities in crucial processes and do not utilize state of the art technologies. Considering the above, SealedGRID aims at bringing together experts from industry and academia from cross-sectorial research areas having complementary background with the long-term goal to design, analyze, and implement a scalable, highly trusted and interoperable Smart Grid security platform. The SealedGRID is an innovative platform, builds on a realistic architectural image of industrial installations considering the special characteristics of energy infrastructures, their cyber and physical requirements.




Details on Conference Locations

National Cyber Security Authority (NCSA)/General Secretariat of Digital Policy
Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media
11, Fragoudi Str. and Al. Pandou
10163 Kalithea, Athens, Greece
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University of Piraeus
80, M. Karaoli and A. Dimitriou St.
18534 Piraeus, Greece

Department of Digital Systems
150, Androutsou St.
18532 Piraeus, Greece
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Hotel information

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Program Committee


General Conference Chairs

Organising Chairs

Organising Committee

  • Web Chair: Robert Luh (St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences):
  • Publication Chair: Leandros Maglaras (De Montfort Universtiy)
  • Workshop Chair: Adam Wedgbury (Airbus), Joanne Barwick (DeMontfort University)

Special Session Chairs

  • Ulrik Franke, (RISE SICS -- Swedish Institute of Computer Science):
  • Paul Smith (AIT, Austria)
  • Kieran McLaughlin (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

Technical Programme Committee (TPC)

  • Jo Barwick, De Montfort University
  • Jens Braband, Siemens AG
  • Thomas Brandstetter, Limes Security / St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
  • Tiago Cruz, University of Coimbra
  • Abdelouahid Derhab, King Saud University
  • José M. Fernandez, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
  • Mohamed Amine Ferrag, Guelma University
  • Patrick Francis, Airbus Defence and Space Limited
  • Ulrik Franke, RISE
  • Erol Gelenbe, Imperial College London
  • Bela Genge, Petru Maior University of Tg Mures, Romania
  • Dieter Gollmann ,Hamburg University of Technology
  • Piroska Haller, Petru Maior University
  • Chris Hankin, Imperial College London
  • David Hutchison, Lancaster University
  • Sotiris Ioannidis, FORTH
  • Chris Johnson, University of Glasgow
  • Kevin Jones, Airbus Group
  • Christos Kalloniatis, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean
  • Antoine Lemay, École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Eireann Leverett, Concinnity Risks
  • Robert Luh, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
  • Leandros Maglaras, De Montfort University
  • Ioannis Mavridis, Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia
  • Kieran Mclaughlin, CSIT
  • Edmundo Monteiro, University of Coimbra
  • Thomas Morris, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Sotiris Moschoyiannis, University of Surrey
  • Konstantinos Moulinos, European Network & Information Security Agency
  • Mithun Mukherjee, Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology
  • Robert Oates, Rolls-Royce
  • Jules Ferdinand Pagna Disso, EADS
  • Stephan Reiff-Marganiec, Department of Computer Science, University of Leicester
  • Michael Rossberg, Technische Universitaet Ilmenau
  • Howard Shrobe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Paulo Simoes, University of Coimbra
  • Florian Skopik, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Richard Smith, De Montfort University
  • Paul Smith, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Adriano Valenzano, IEIIT/CNR
  • Adam Wedgbury, Airbus Group
  • Christos Xenakis, University of Piraeus


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Submission: May 24th, 2019 (23:59 CET) - extended
Notification: June 16th, 2019
Registration: June 20th, 2019
Workshop: Sept. 10 2019, University of Piraeus, Athens
Conference: Sept. 11 & 12, 2019, Ministry of Digital Policy, Athens


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