CRITIS is back in Switzerland!

Ten years ago CRITIS 2011 was held in Lucerne. On September 27, 28 & 29, 2021, the 16th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS 2021) will be back in Switzerland!


11 Jun 21CYBER STARTUP CHALLENGE: the CYD Campus  is looking for innovative technologies around the subject: Boost your Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC). The three finalists will give a pitch of 10 min. on day 2 (Sept, 28) of the CRITIS conference. The selected startup will be awarded a contract of up to CHF 100’000.- with the Swiss DoD. Deadline for application: July, 31!

14 May 21CALL FOR PAPERS CLOSED: we have received 42 papers that are currently being reviewed by our PC. Notification to authors: July, 5!

25 Feb 21 YOUNG CRITIS AWARD (YCA): if you are below 32 years old, you may apply to the YCA and win up to 3’000 EUR with your paper, thanks to the University of Geneva CUI!

24 Feb 21REGISTRATION: early bird registration is now open. Book your 3 days package now at the the best price!

05 Nov 20 – HYBRID OPTION: CRITIS 2021 will take place in any case, even though there are still restrictions related to the pandemic. In this case, the conference will be partially or completely online and all accepted papers will be published by Springer LNCS, as in previous CRITIS conferences. This year, we will also offer the inclusion of embedded videos in proceedings papers.

01 Nov 20SUBMISSION PAGE OPEN: take a look at the Call for Papers on EasyChair. Authors are strongly encouraged to use the Springer’s LaTeX template available in Overleaf and to thoroughly follow LNCS authors’ guidelines. Deadline for regular paper submission: May, 14!

25 Oct 20NEW SPONSORS: thank you to Fortinet, MSF Partners, AWK Group, ELCA, Kudelski and AdNovum!


On September, 28: CRITIS 2021 will be held in conjunction with the Cyber-Defence Campus Conference from armasuisse Science and Technology, the Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement.

On September, 27 & 29: CRITIS 2021 will continue the tradition of bringing forth innovative research in the field of critical (information) infrastructures protection (C(I)IP), exploring ideas that address challenges to resilience and societal safety, and fostering dialogue with stakeholders.

*** OVERVIEW ***

This year, papers focusing on technology forecasting, monitoring, foresight, scouting, horizon scanning for C(I)IP and Critical Services are most welcome in a special TechWatch & TechForecast track. Moreover, CRITIS 2021 will also address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on C(I)IP. Papers, testbeds/datasets reports, industrial/practical experience reports on the current pandemic crisis are specially welcome.

CRITIS 2021 aims to bring together researchers, professionals from academia, critical (information) infrastructure operators, industry, defence and governmental organisations working in the field of security of critical (information) infrastructure systems. Thus, CRITIS 2021 aims to encourage and inspire early stage and open-minded researchers in this demanding multi-disciplinary field of research.

Multiple sessions on industry and practical experience reports, EU and Swiss initiatives, and national testbeds for experimentation and research provide a forum for discussion among scientists and experts working on different projects in the C(I)IP domain.

Thus, the Lausanne area is an experience by itself: the Olympic City surrounded by the lake and its mountains is a paradise that has been called “Made in Heaven” by the last Queen’s album! I promise you a valuable experience and we all look forward to seeing you at EPFL in September, 2021.

Dr. Alain Mermoud, General chair CRITIS 2021