CRE 2021

2021 IEEE CSR Workshop on Cyber Resilience and Economics (CRE)

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 2021 workshop will explore 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.

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Prospective authors are encouraged to submit previously unpublished contributions from a broad range of topics, which include but are not limited to the following: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

The workshop organizers are also interested in proposed panel discussions on the above topics. Panel discussion proposals should be submitted via the manuscript submission process and should include a detailed description of the panel discussion along with the proposed panelists.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: April 19 May 10, 2021 AoE (firm)
Authors’ notification: May 3 May 24, 2021 AoE
Camera-ready submission: May 10 May 31, 2021 AoE
Early registration deadline: May 31, 2021 AoE
Workshop date: July 27, 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 CRE 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 2T3 CRE is selected in the Topic Areas drop down list.

Workshop Committees

Workshop chairs

Nicholas J. Multari, Pacific Northwest National Lab (US)
Jeffrey Picciotto, MITRE Corporation (US)

Organizing committee

Rosalie McQuaid, MITRE Corporation (US)
George Sharkov, European Software Inst CEE; Cybersecurity Lab (BG)
Volkmar Lotz, SAP Labs (FR)
Christopher Oehmen, Pacific Northwest National Lab (US)

Publicity chairs

Christopher Oehmen, Pacific Northwest National Lab (US)
Paul Rowe, MITRE Corporation (US)

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Program committee

Michael Atighetchi, Raytheon Corp, BBN (US)
Yung Ryn Choe, Sandia National Laboratory (US)
Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati, Universita degli Studi di Milano (IT)
Herve Debar, Telecom Sud, Paris (FR)
Erich Devendorf, Air Force Research Laboratory (US)
Chad Heitzenrater, Air Force Research Laboratory (US)
Doug Jacobson, Iowa State University (US)
Aloysius Mok, University of Texas at Austin (US)
Takashi Nanya, University of Tokyo (JP)
Nuno Neves, University of Lisbon (PT)
Craig Rieger, Idaho National Laboratory (US)
Luigi Romano, University of Naples (IT)
Meghan Sahakian, Sandia National Laboratory (US)
Reginald Sawilla, Government of Canada (CA)
O. Sami Saydjari, Cyber Defense Agency (US)
Marco Vieira, University of Coimbra (PT)