CSA 2022

The 3rd Workshop on Recent Advances in Cyber Situational Awareness on Military Operations (CSA 2022)

to be held in the conjunction with the ARES workshops EU Projects Symposium 2022 at 17th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2022 – http://www.ares-conference.eu)

August 23 – August 26, 2022

Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are the backbone of the Global economic growth and prosperity, thus entailing a critical resource where all economic sectors rely on. This empowered the implementation of legislations and regulations (NIS (EU) 2016/1148, eiDAS (EU) 910/2014, GDPR (EU) 2016/679, etc.) aiming at protecting the cyber assets and digital marketplaces with global strategic purposes, safeguarding at the same time the fundamental rights of citizens, such as privacy or data protection. The rapid development of dual-use technological enablers consolidated the Cyberspace as Fifth Military Operational Domain. Nowadays military operations are dependent on Communication and Information Systems (CIS) that support Command and Control (C2) and the delivery of actionable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) information. These Information Communication Services (ICS) need to support federated concepts like Federated Mission Networking (FMN) and can be organized through service-oriented architectures. In these grounds, the Information Superiority became a defence capability priority highlighted as essential at all operational levels.

In order to support military operations dependent on the Cyberspace, the Cyber Situational Awareness (CSA) acquisition enablers brings mission-centric reasoning and knowledge acquisition approaches that aim to provide the clearest understanding of the current state of the planned/ongoing missions, thus inferring and anticipating future changes and inferring risks that may compromise related actuation domains (virtual-to-live). This involves the orchestration of a plethora of information processing actions, among them key cyber terrain (KCT) identification, dynamic risk assessment/management, incident response, or attack notification to stakeholders. The proficiency in conducting mission-centric situational awareness poses a new nuance in the emergent communication landscape, since the capabilities for acquiring contextual information of the protected domain (e.g., disruptive monitoring features, complex event correlation, smart decision-making, etc.) are significantly enhanced. Suitable CSA solutions shall also address cross-cutting barriers, including social, economic, industrial or regulatory/standardization challenges, which expect breakthrough contributions in topics like education and training (e.g. Cyber Ranges), convergence with other battle domains (e.g. kinetic operations, hybrid warfare, Electronic Warfare (EW)) or information sharing (e.g. evidence notification, Common Operational Picture (COP)).

The aim the CSA 2022 Workshop is to collect contributions by leading-edge researchers from academia and industry, and to show the latest research results in the rapidly developing field of cyber defence with the aim of support the development of CSA on military operations, therefore providing a valuable information venue to researchers as well as practitioners

The CSA 2022 organizing committee encourages the submission of related distinguished research papers on the subject of both theoretical and practical approaches, as well as ongoing related projects and use case reviews.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

Active cyber defence
Artificial Intelligence on military operations on the cyberspace
Attestation, evidences and distributed trust
Autonomous cyber response on military operations
Big data on cyber situational awareness
Command and Control in joint operations
Cryptography and safe communications
Cyber & Electronic Warfare
Cyber for Maritime, Land, Air and Space domains
Cyber Threat Intelligence management
Cyber risk Identification and Assessment

Education and Training
Gamification and Cyber ranges
Hybrid Warfare
Incident modeling and simulation
Incident response and decision-making
Key Cyber Terrain identification and assessment
Mission planning
Mission assessment and management
Resilience and recovery
Evidence notification and Common Operational Picture
Visual analytics and presentation of the operational environment

Important Dates
Submission Deadline May 05, 2022 May 25, 2022 June 06, 2022
Author Notification June 01, 2022 June 03, 2022 June 12, 2022
Proceedings Version June 19, 2022
ARES EU Symposium August 23, 2022
 Conference August 23 – August 26, 2022
Workshop Chairs

Jorge Maestre Vidal
Indra, Spain

Marco Antonio Sotelo Monge
Indra, Spain

Gregorio Martínez Perez
Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Salvador Llopis Sanchez
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Marta Irene García Cid
Indra, Spain


Sebastián Laiseca Segura, Indra, Spain
Marco Manso, Particle Summary, Portugal
Jan Willemson, Cybernetica, Estonia.
Andreas Kaiser, Rohde & Schwarz, Germany
Victor Villagrá González, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro, Institut Mines-Telecom, Telecom SudParis, France
Alberto Huertas Celdran, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Patricia Arias Cabarcos, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Cataldo Basile, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
David Sandoval Rodriguez-Bermejo, Indra, Digital Labs, Spain
Roumen Daton Medenou, Indra, Digital Labs, Spain
Miguel Páramo Castrillo, Indra, Digital Labs, Spain
Félix López Mármol, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Manuel Gil Pérez, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Mauro Conti, University of Padua, Italy
Georgios Kambourakis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Pierangela Samarati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

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/.


Dr. Joachim Klerx
Innovation Systems Center, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria  

Horizon scanning and strategic knowledge management for future military operations
Actionable information and strategic knowledge have always created competitive advantages in war situations. However, the digital revolution of the last decades has been proven to be a game changer in the strategic knowledge management for future military operations. Digital innovations did change processes, technologies and capabilities in conflict scenarios and is continuing to do so. This is obvious for operative intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) but is not so obvious for the strategic knowledge management for future military operations.

In this talk, results from long-term monitoring of military cyber research and AI horizon scanning with intelligent agents are presented. After presenting a short introduction into the methodical approach, this talk will summarize the horizon scanning results for future military AI solutions, including some corresponding future threat scenarios, innovations and trends. Finally, the impacts on cyber situational awareness and future security policy perspectives are discussed.

Dr. Joachim Klerx is researcher at AIT Innovation Systems Center and visiting researcher at the National Defence Academy. His main research focus is currently the development of new foresight and horizon scanning methods including developing national horizon scanning centres. Some of his achievements in recent years were the development of ISA (Intelligent screening agent) software agents, who are looking for weak signals of emerging issues on the Internet, financed by SESTI an EU project about identification of weak signals developed for emerging issues. In the EU project ETTIS Joachim Klerx worked on a system for threat-identification and political agenda setting. In EFP, he did the engineering for a global knowledge exchange platform for the world foresight community. As visiting researcher at the National Defence Academy, he developed the concept for CDRC (the national horizon scanning centre for cyber security in Austria), which is working since 2014, and ongoing. More recently, he did coordinate the development dark-net crawling suite to identify hidden networks of organized crime (ANITA) and terrorism (DANTE). In ASGARD he did coordinate the development of next generation foresight and horizon scanning technologies for different European Law Enforcement Agencies. In TRACE, he is coordinating the development of a horizon scanning system, to identify hidden networks of global money laundering and corruption.