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The 1st 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, sponsored by EADS Cassidian Cyber and EADS Innovation Works, and 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.

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Research Themes & Topics of Interest

  • SCADA Hardware Security Solutions
    • Encryption, Authentication, Availability Assurance
    • Resilient Systems
    • Application Security
    • Secure Firmware
    • Timing Vulnerabilities in RT-Control Systems
    • Security Implications of Feature Interactions
  • SCADA System Security
    • Security Architectures
    • Safety-Security Interactions
    • Intrusion Detection
    • Malware Analysis
    • Cyber Security Engineering
    • Vulnerability Assessment/Screening
    • Secure Communication Protocols
    • Metrics
    • Anonymity
    • Language-based Security
    • Network Security
  • SCADA Forensics
    • Hardware Forensics
    • Incidence Response
    • Live Forensics
    • Accountability
  • Human Factors Security
    • Awareness and Training
    • Behavioural Modelling
    • Threat Profiling

This topic list 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.

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.

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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: 31st May 2013 (extended Deadline) [CLOSED]
Acceptance Notification: 01 July 2013
Revised Papers Due: 21 July 2013
Early Bird Registration: by 12 July 2013
Registration: by 16 August 2013
Late Registration: after 16 August 2013
Conference: 16-17 September 2013



Conference Registration is now open. Please follow the link to the registration page Early bird Registration closes on 12th July 2013

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Program Committee


Conference Chairs

Organising Committee

  • Antonio Cau, De Montfort University (Chair), UK
  • Andrew Nicholson, De Montfort University, UK
  • Lindsey Trent, De Montfort University, UK

Technical Programme Committee

  • Adriano Valenzano, CNR-IEIIT, National Research Council of Italy
  • Andrew Blyth, Glamorgan UK
  • Andrew Jones, Khalifa University UAE
  • Antonio Cau, DMU UK
  • Daniel Prince, Lancaster University UK
  • David Hutchison, Lancaster University UK
  • Edmundo Monteiro, University of Coimbra Portugal
  • Erol Gelenbe, Imperial College UK
  • Giampaolo Bella, Università di Catania Italy
  • Helmut Kaufmann, EADS Germany
  • Hussein Zedan, DMU UK
  • Johann Haag, Fachhochschule St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences Austria
  • Jules Ferdinand Pagna Disso, EADS UK
  • Kieran McLaughlin, Queen's University Belfast NI
  • Mathias Fischer, Technische Universität Darmstadt/ CASED Germany
  • Michael Kasper, Fraunhofer Institute SIT Germany
  • Michael Roßberg, Technische Universität Ilmenau Germany
  • Monica Whitty, University of Leicester UK
  • Nancy Leveson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
  • Nebil Achour, Loughborough University UK
  • Paddy Francis, EADS UK
  • Panayotis Kikiras, AGT International, Germany
  • Paul Smith, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH Austria
  • Paulo Simões, University of Coimbra Portugal
  • Pete Burnap, Cardiff University UK
  • Phillip L. Nico, California Polytechnic State University USA
  • Rob Rowlingson, BT Security UK
  • Stephan Reiff-Marganiec, University of Leicester UK
  • Thomas H. (Tommy) Morris, Mississippi State University USA
  • Tim Watson, DMU UK
  • Ulrik Franke, FOI – Swedish Defence Research Agency


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Submission: 31st May 2013 (extended deadline) [CLOSED]
Notification: 01 July 2013
Revisions: 21 July 2013
Registration: register here
Early Bird: by 12 July 2013
Normal: by 16 August 2013
Late: after 16 August 2013
Conference: 16-17 September 2013

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