2021 IEEE CSR Workshop on Actionable Cyber Threat Intelligence (ACTI)

Over the past recent years, Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) has attracted a considerable attention and investment from the cyber security research community. As such, CTI standards, definitions and practices have reached a notable maturity level; the direction towards standardization of CTI exchange languages such as Structural Threat Information Exchange (STIX), Incident Object Description Exchange Format (IODEF)  as well as the efforts for a systematic organization and curation of threats under popular frameworks such as MITRE’s ATT&CK matrices, vulnerability databases and enumerations, have set the foundations for reaching a high situational awareness potential.

Actionable CTI is an international workshop aiming to expand and exploit the competencies delivered by the standardization efforts in CTI, by fusing this domain with enabling disciplines such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, risk management approaches, as well as best practices in SecOps and Early Warning System deployments, including reporting and crowdsourcing, in order to make the cyber security information and knowledge actionable and of high subsequent value. We also welcome research on novel designs and design methods to help empowering citizens with tools and literacy and increase their ability in recognizing, reporting and combatting threats.

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Prospective authors are encouraged to submit previously unpublished contributions from a broad range of topics, which include but are not limited to the following:

› Privacy compliance in CTI exchange
› CTI in malware and vulnerability analysis
› Sociotechnical aspects of CTI
› CTI for smart cities, industrial and cyber physical systems
› CTI datasets
› CTI for cyber attribution
› Data analysis and CTI
› CTI and situational awareness

› CTI in early warning systems
› CTI quality and metrics
› Psychological and cognitive aspects of CTI
› Deception systems
› Reporting and crowdsourcing for CTI
› Cyber behavior and CTI
› CTI and threat hunting

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: April 19 May 10, 2021 AoE (firm)
Authors’ notification: May 3 May 31, 2021 AoE
Camera-ready submission: May 10 June 7, 2021 AoE
Early registration deadline: June 14, 2021 AoE
Workshop date: July 28, 2021

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 ACTI 2021 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 2T1 ACTI is selected in the Topic Areas drop down list.

Workshop Committees

Workshop chair

Vasilis Katos, Bournemouth University (UK)

Organizing committee

Sotiris Ioannidis, Technical University of Crete (GR)
Florent Kirchner, CEA (FR)
Wim Mees, Royal Military Academy (BE)
Constantinos Patsakis, University of Piraeus (GR)
Todor Tagarev, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (BG)
Konstantinos Votis, Centre for Research and Technology (GR)
Cagatay Yucel, Bournemouth University (UK)

Publicity chair

Marton Kis, Semmelweis University (HU)

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Program committee

Raian Ali, Hamad bin Khalifa University (QA)
Saif Al-Kuwari, Hamad bin Khalifa University (QA)
Louis Galindo Sanchez, Telefonica (ES)
Evaldas Bruze, Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence (LT)
Fran Casino, University of Piraeus (GR)
Ioannis Chalkias, Bournemouth University (UK)
Jane Henriksen-Bulmer, Bournemouth University (UK)
Ahmet Koltuksuz, Yasar University (TR)
Theodoros Kostoulas, University of the Aegean (GR)
Cornelius Ncube, British University in Dubai (AE)
Marcin Niemiec, AGH (PL)
Notis Mengidis, Centre for Research and Technology (GR)
Andrii Shalaginov, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO)
Nikolai Stoianov, Bulgarian Defence Institute (BG)
Theodora Tsikrika, Centre for Research and Technology (GR)
Egidija Versinskiene, Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence (LT)
Antonis Voulgaridis, Centre for Research and Technology (GR)
Stefanos Vrochidis, Centre for Research and Technology (GR)

Selected papers will be invited to submit an extended full paper for publication consideration in Security and Communication Networks, Special Issue on Advances in Cyber Threat Intelligence, https://www.hindawi.com/journals/scn/si/832075/

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Program Information

A tree-based machine learning methodology to automatically classify software vulnerabilities
G. Aivatoglou, M. Anastasiadis, G. Spanos, A. Voulgaridis, K. Votis, and D. Tzovaras

A workflow and toolchain proposal for analyzing users’ perceptions in cyber threat intelligence sharing platforms
B. Stojkovski and G. Lenzini

CTI blockchain-based sharing using proof-of-quality consensus algorithm
D. Chatziamanetoglou and K. Rantos

Data sanitisation and redaction for cyber threat intelligence sharing platforms
C. Yucel, I. Chalkias, D. Mallis, D. Cetinkaya, J. Henriksen-Bulmer, and A. Cooper

Evaluation and enhancement of the actionability of publicly available cyber threat information in digital forensics
A. Dimitriadis, E. Lontzetidis, and I. Mavridis

Mapping cyber threat intelligence to probabilistic attack graphs
A. Gylling, M. Ekstedt, Z. Afzal, and P. Eliasson

Named entity recognition in cyber threat intelligence using transformer-based models
P. Evangelatos, C. Iliou, T. Mavropoulos, K. Apostolou, T. Tsikrika, S. Vrochidis, and I. Kompatsiaris

Towards automated matching of cyber threat intelligence reports based on cluster analysis in an Internet-of-vehicles environment
G. E. Raptis, C. Katsini, and C. Alexakos

Towards response intel
K. Hughes, K. McLaughlin, and S. Sezer

Towards selecting informative content for cyber threat intelligence
P. Panagiotou, C. Iliou, K. Apostolou, T. Tsikrika, S. Vrochidis, P. Chatzimisios, and I. Kompatsiaris

Trust and quality computation for cyber threat intelligence sharing platforms
K. B. Mavzer, E. Konieczna, H. Alves, C. Yucel, I. Chalkias, D. Mallis, D. Cetinkaya, and L. Galindo Sanchez

See also the conference’s overall list of accepted papers.

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See also the conference’s overall program.