Call for Papers

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CRITIS 2021 continues 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.

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

CRITIS 2021 topics include (but are not limited to):

Topic 1: Protection of Cyber-Physical Systems

  • Vulnerability and risk analysis / threat modelling
  • Cyber-security in C(I)I systems
  • Self-healing, self-protection, and self-management architectures for C(I)I
  • Fault-tolerant control for cyber-physical systems
  • Modelling and analysis of cyber-physical systems
  • Distributed privacy-preserving cyber threat intelligence sharing platform for C(I)I

Topic 2: C(I)IP Organisation, (Strategic) Management and Legal Aspects

  • Digital forensics and attack attribution in the context of C(I)I
  • International approaches to C(I)IP including identification of C(I)I elements
  • Risk management, impact and consequence analysis regarding C(I)I
  • Coherent prevention, preparedness / exercises, incident management / mitigation, and recovery approaches to C(I)I
  • Resilience and survivability of C(I)I as complex cyber-physical systems
  • C(I)IP policies at international, national and cross-border levels (e.g., public-private partnerships)
  • Cross-border issues regarding the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive
  • R&D agenda at national and international levels for C(I)IP 
  • Economics, investments and incentives for C(I)IP
  • Defence of civilian C(I)I in conflicts with cyber-warfare elements
  • Infrastructure, architectural and technology changes impacting other C(I)I-sectors (e.g., smart grids and energy supply in smart-city developments)
  • Impact of geopolitical and social factors on C(I)IP

Topic 3: Human Factor, Security Awareness and Crisis Management for C(I)IP and Critical Services

  • Analysis of human factor and security awareness in C(I)IP
  • Advanced decision support for mitigating C(I)I related emergencies
  • Social aspects and public communication in C(I)IP
  • Psycho-social dimensions of crisis management and intervention with C(I)I
  • Training for C(I)IP and effective intervention
  • The role of social-media in C(I)I-related crisis management (as a threat or a benefit)
  • Recent trends in cyber-economy (clouds, quasi-monopolies, e-currencies, etc.) and implications for C(I)I and C(I)IP

Topic 4: Future, TechWatch & Forecast for C(I)IP and Critical Services

  • Technology forecasting, monitoring, foresight, scouting, horizon scanning for C(I)IP and critical services
  • Production-capability networks, innovation structures and dynamics underlying the technology lifecycle for C(I)IP
  • Modelling portfolios of emerging and/or disruptive technologies related to C(I)IP
  • Applying real-option models to capture the net-present value of uncertain innovation portfolios for C(I)IP
  • New platforms for financing and data management (e.g., blockchains)
  • IoT infrastructure and emerging standards
  • The role of AI and machine learning in autonomous management of infrastructures
  • Digital twins and their deployment as augmented reality for training and scenario-risk analysis
  • Future communication technologies (e.g., 5G) and their potential impact on other C(I)I