EPESec 2021

2nd International Workshop on Electrical Power and Energy Systems Safety, Security and Resilience
(EPESec 2021)

to be held in conjunction with the 16th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security

(ARES 2021 – http://www.ares-conference.eu)

August 17 – August 20, 2021, Vienna, Austria

Energy transition poses significant challenges, as the road ahead is focused on integrating higher share of renewables, promoting a more efficient and decentralized energy system, by involving advanced digital technologies and systems such as smart devices, faster and more flexible gateways, smart meters and IoT. However, this transition necessitates the integration of cyber-defense measures and strategies into novel, resilient and self-healing architectures.
The forthcoming smart energy ecosystem is considered as the next-generation power system, which promises self-healing, resilience, sustainability and efficiency to the critical energy infrastructure. However, due to the increasing digitization of the energy infrastructure, the risk of cyberattacks has risen dramatically, while as the smart energy and power grid is reaching every house and building, the potential of attracting cyber-attackers is magnified. Additionally, legacy systems constitute weak points of failure since they were designed in times when cybersecurity and remote monitoring and control was not part of the technical specifications for the system design.
According to the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA): ‘A cybersecurity incident to power grids could be defined as any adverse event that can impact the confidentiality, integrity or availability of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems supporting the different processes of the organizations involved in the well-functioning of the power system, including all its domains (e.g., markets, operation of the distribution or transmission grid, customers, etc.).
From this perspective, the EPESec 2021 workshop aims at collecting the most relevant ongoing research efforts in the EPES digital security field. It also serves as a forum for relevant projects in order to disseminate their security-related results, boost cooperation, knowledge sharing and follow-up synergies, and foster the development of the EPES Security Community, composed of security experts and practitioners.

The workshop is co-organized from the following H2020 R&D projects:

SDN-microSENSE project: https://www.sdnmicrosense.eu/
CYBER-TRUST project: https://cyber-trust.eu/
EnergyShield https://energy-shield.eu/
FORESIGHT project: https://foresight-h2020.eu/
PHOENIX https://phoenix-h2020.eu/
SPEAR https://www.spear2020.eu/

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Security policies
Risk analysis and management
Vulnerability assessment and metrics
Awareness, training and simulation
Security standards
Privacy and Anonymity in smart/ micro grids, privacy preserving technologies
Threat modeling and detection
Cyber threat intelligence
Federated machine learning
Security architectures
Access control
Malware and cyber weapons
Intrusion detection and visualization
Defense in depth
Monitoring and real time supervision
Perimeter security

Safety-security interactions
Cyber security engineering
Secure communication protocols
Formal models for security (attack trees, indicators of compromise, etc.)
Hardware Security
Resilient ICS/CPS
Application Security
Secure Firmware
Incident Response and Digital Forensics
Incidents and Security Information Sharing
Countermeasures and Mitigation Actions Recommendation
Case studies
Attack simulations
Penetration testing / ethical hacking in OT and IT
Data management and interoperability challenges
EPES market trends and business opportunities

Important Dates
Submission Deadline May 14, 2021
Author Notification June 02, 2021
Proceedings Version June 13, 2021
ARES EU Symposium August 17, 2021
All-Digital Conference  August 17 – August 20, 2021
Workshop Chairs

Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, University of Western Makedonia, Greece
Vasileios Gkioulos, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway
Nicholas Kolokotronis, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Theodoros Rokkas, inCITES Consulting, Luxembourg
Dimitris Kavallieros, Center for Security Studies, Greece

Program Chair

Xavier Bellekens, University of Strathclyde, UK
Sokratis Katsikas, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway
Stavros Shiaeles, University of Portsmouth, UK
Theodore Zahariadis, Synelixis, Greece

Publicity Chair

Emiliano Markesini, Centrul Roman al Energiei (CRE), Romania
Ioannis Neokosmidis, inCITES Consulting, Luxembourg


Christos Angelidis (Κonnekt-able, Ireland)
Solon Athanasopoulos (Public Power Cooperation, Greece)
Rosanna Babagiannou (Κonnekt-able, Ireland)
Giovana Bilali (Center for Security Studies, Greece)
Sotirios Brotsis (University of Peloponnese, Greece)
Ismail Butun (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Evangelos Chaskos (University of Peloponnese, Greece)
Alba Colet (Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Spain)
Eleni Darra (Center for Security Studies, Greece)
Lavinia Dinca (SIMAVI, Romania)
Ana-Maria Dumitrescu (Politehnica Bucharest, Romania)
George Fragulis (University of Western Makedonia, Greece)
Anna Georgiadou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
Simon Hacks (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Bendiab Keltoum (University of Portsmouth, UK)
Robert Lagerström (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Angelos Liapis (Κonnekt-able, Ireland)
Ariadni Michalitsi – Psarrou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
Valeri Mladenov (Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Panagiotis Radoglou Grammatikis (University of Western Makedonia, Greece)
Matthias Rohr (PSI, Germany)
Nick Savage (University of Portsmouth, UK)
Anna Triantafyllou (University of Western Makedonia, Greece)
Sofia Tsekeridou (INTRASOFT International S.A., Greece)
Costas Vassilakis (University of Peloponnese, Greece)
Stephen Dirk Bjørn Wolthusen (Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway)

Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines valid for the workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found at https://www.ares-conference.eu/conference/submission/.