ICS-CSR 2020 call for papers is currently closed



The 7th 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 was scheduled for 26th August 2020 at University College Dublin, but will be not be held due to risks and travel restriction associated with COVID19.

Please stay tuned for updates on the next run of ICS-CSR in 2021!

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). 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), Operational Technology (OT), 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 and OT. Papers without a clear application to SCADA, Embedded Systems, Industrial Control, and Operational Technology 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: http://ewic.bcs.org/category/15364. 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.

Submission is currently closed

Submit your paper via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icscsr20

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: http://ewic.bcs.org/category/15364. 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: will be announced for 2021 in due time
Acceptance Notification: will be announced for 2021 in due time
Registration: Not yet open!
Next conference: Details for 2021 will be announced in due time

Keynote Speakers


This year's keynotes will be announced shortly. Previous Keynote Speakers include Joanna Burkey (Siemens), Sokratis K. Katsikas (NTNU), 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).

Keynote: to be announced


Please note that the agenda is still pending due to open submissions.

Organisers and Partners

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Details on Conference Locations

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Recommended Hotels For Your Stay

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Program Committee


General Conference Chairs

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Organising Committee

  • Web Chair: Robert Luh (St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences): [email protected]
  • 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): [email protected]
  • Paul Smith (AIT, Austria)
  • Kieran McLaughlin (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

Technical Programme Committee (TPC)

  • Ahmin Ahmed, University of Larbi Tebessi
  • Jo Barwick, De Montfort University
  • Jens Braband, Siemens AG
  • Thomas Brandstetter, Limes Security / St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
  • Periklis Chatzimisios, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki
  • Tiago Cruz, University of Coimbra
  • Abdelouahid Derhab, King Saud University
  • George Drivas, University of Piraeus
  • Christian Facchi, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
  • José M. Fernandez, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
  • Mohamed Amine Ferrag, Guelma University
  • Patrick Francis, Airbus Defence and Space Limited
  • Ulrik Franke, RISE
  • Peter Fuhr, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • 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
  • Athanasios Kakarountas, University of Thessaly
  • Christos Kalloniatis, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean
  • Vasilios Katos, Bournemouth University
  • Panayiotis Kotzanikolaou, University of Piraeus
  • Antoine Lemay, École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Eireann Leverett, Concinnity Risks
  • Shujun Li, University of Kent
  • Robert Luh, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
  • Leandros Maglaras, De Montfort University
  • Ioannis Mavridis, Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia
  • Peter Maynard, CSIT
  • 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
  • Simon Parksinson, University of Huddersfield
  • 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
  • Paul Smith, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Richard Smith, De Montfort University
  • Paul Smith, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Adriano Valenzano, IEIIT/CNR
  • Vasileios Vlachos, University of Thessaly
  • Adam Wedgbury, Airbus Group
  • Stephen D. Wolthusen, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Christos Xenakis, University of Piraeus
  • William Knowles , Lancaster University


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