2023 IEEE CSR Workshop on Cyber Resilience and Economics (CRE)

July 31 / 2 August, 2023 – Hybrid Event

A combination of cyber technological feasibility and economic viability drives many of the decisions related to cybersecurity and cyber resiliency by both the defenders and attackers. In this context, technological feasibility is defined as any cyber resiliency technology that has the potential to be developed, fielded, and operationally controlled. In the case of economic viability, the resources required to defend, or attack must be available. We define resources in its broadest sense to include but not limited to the people, equipment, training, required funding, and asset value. On the defensive side, these technological and economic factors determine the cyber security and resiliency policies, procedures and technologies implemented to prevent and respond to cyber- attacks. On the offensive side, they not only determine the type of attack but also the effort expended to ensure its success. In short, these and other factors determine the asymmetric balance between the attackers and defenders.

The CRE 2023 Workshop, focusing on Cyber Resiliency: Strategies, Technologies, and Economics, will continue the exploration of foundational and applied advances in cyber resiliency strategies, policies, and technologies to shift the asymmetric balance in favour of the defender and identify and quantify the effect economic realities have on the decision processes. At the top level, national and organizational strategies and policies are required to understand what is to be achieved and the resources to be made available to protect critical resources and infrastructures. These strategies and policies must be supported by security and resiliency technologies. As a result, in addition to exploring various strategies, the workshop will seek to understand the capabilities, strengths/weaknesses, and benefits of various resiliency technologies whether existing or in research. The workshop will examine the parameters needed to accurately quantify asymmetric imbalance from both the offensive and defensive perspective; examine technical and non-technical approaches to shifting that balance, including the full range of costs/benefits of each approach; and explore and evaluate a range of options for defining and achieving optimality. It will bring together a diverse group of experts from multiple fields to advance the above concepts.

The CRE Workshop directly complements the conference’s objectives by serving to accelerate the recognition, adoption and application of cyber resilience of critical resources and infrastructures within industry, government and academia by addressing the key concerns of how these techniques and technologies can be realized within the practical constraints of cost, risk, and benefit.

Topics of Interest

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit previously unpublished contributions from a broad range of topics, which include but are not limited to the following:

› National and organizational cyber resiliency strategies and policies related to the development, deployment and use of cyber resiliency technologies.
› Existing IT/OT (and their interfaces) to achieve cyber resilience of CPS environments.
› Research activities in cyber resilience focused on IT and OT solutions, alignment of technical and mission resiliency, and preemptive resilience.
› Benefits and weaknesses of cyber resiliency technologies in CPS environments.
› Metrics, measurements, and economics of cyber resiliency & asymmetry.

› Technical and Economic barriers to the implementation of cyber resiliency technologies.
› Defining practical cyber resiliency and potential use cases and case studies.
› Relationship between resiliency and security in protecting CPS environments.
› Adversary and defender economics: assessing the impact of defender capabilities and actions to the attacker and vice versa.
› Frameworks for ROI analysis (cost, risk, benefit) to guide technology investment (research, development, and utilization).

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: March 15 April 20, 2023 AoE
Authors’ notification: April 1 April 25,  2023 AoE
Camera-ready submission: April 15 May 3, 2023 AoE
Early registration deadline: May 5, 2023 AoE
Workshop date: July 31-2 August, 2023

Submission Guidelines

The workshop’s proceedings will be published by IEEE and will be included in IEEE Xplore. The guidelines for authors, manuscript preparation guidelines, and policies of the IEEE CSR conference are applicable to CRE 2023 workshop. Please visit the authors’ instructions page for more details. When submitting your manuscript via the conference management system, please make sure that the workshop’s track 2T3 CRE is selected in the Topic Areas drop down list.

Workshop Committees

Workshop chairs

Nicholas J. Multari, Pacific Northwest National Lab (US)
Rosalie McQuaid, MITRE Corporation (US)

Organizing committee

Nicholas J. Multari, Pacific Northwest National Lab (US)
Rosalie McQuaid, MITRE Corporation (US)
George Sharkov, European Software Inst CEE; Cybersecurity Lab (BG)
Volkmar Lotz, SAP Labs (FR)
Elena Peterson, Pacific Northwest National Lab (US)
Jeffrey Picciotto, MITRE Corporation (US)

Publicity chairs

Elena Peterson, Pacific Northwest National Lab (US)
Paul Rowe, MITRE Corporation (US)

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Program committee

Michael Atighetchi, Raytheon (US)
Thomas Carroll, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (US)
Yung Ryn Choe, Sandia National Laboratory (US)
Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati, Universita degli Studi di Milano (IT)
Fabio De Gaspari, Sapienza University of Rome (IT)
Herve Debar, Telecom SudParis (FR)
Craig Jackson, Indiana University (US)
Doug Jacobson, Iowa State University (US)
Volkmar Lotz, SAP Labs (FR)
Rosalie McQuaid, MITRE Corporation (US)
Nicholas J. Multari, Pacific Northwest National Lab (US)
Elena Peterson, Pacific Northwest National Lab (US)
Jeffrey Picciotto, MITRE Corporation (US)
Mohammad Rahman, Florida International University (US)
Indrajit Ray, Colorado State University (US)
Craig Rieger, Idaho National Laboratory (US)
Paul Rowe, MITRE Corporation (US)
Meghan Sahakian, Sandia National Laboratory (US)
O Sami Saydjari, Cyber Defense Agency (US)
George Sharkov, European Software Inst CEE; Cybersecurity Lab (BG)
Neeraj Suri, Univeristy of Lancaster (UK)
Reginald Sawilla, Government of Canada (CA)
Marco Vieira, University of Coimbra (PT)
Chris Walter, WW Technology Group (US)