5th Workshop on Recent Advances in Cyber Situational Awareness and Data-Centric Approaches

to be held in conjunction with the 19th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security

July 30 – August 02, 2024 

Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are the backbone of the global economic growth and prosperity for society. They are a critical resource on which all economic sectors rely on. This situation has empowered the implementation of strategies, policies and regulations aimed at protecting the cyber assets and digital marketplaces, safeguarding at the same time the fundamental rights of citizens, such as privacy or data protection.

Cyber Situational Awareness (CSA), a dual-use area of technology development, enabled by mission-centric reasoning and knowledge acquisition approaches, provides a clear 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, it can be cited: identification of key cyber terrain (KCT), dynamic risk assessment/management, incident response or threat analysis to name only a few. The proficiency in conducting mission-centric situational awareness poses a new nuance in the emergent digital 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 to be significantly enhanced to keep pace with an evolving digital transformation. Suitable CSA solutions shall also address cross-cutting barriers, comprising social, economic, industrial or regulatory/standardization challenges, which might lead to particularly breakthrough contributions in topics such as education and training (e.g. Cyber Ranges), including convergence with other related research and technology fields e.g. evidence notification, visualisation through Common Operational Picture (COP), and so on.

When building CSA, a mission-oriented dimension seeks to ensure effective resource employment while adapting to changes in each situation. The focus is to address configurable information management solutions in cyberspace concerning mission plans (assets, capabilities, dependencies, alternatives, goals, tasks, priorities, etc.) including enabling techniques. They are expected to shed some light, for instance, on performance improvements to cyber defence solutions, such as management dashboards in a security operation centre (or similar organisations), complemented with decision-making techniques to achieve resilience on information infrastructures, computer networks, data, and signals. These aspects will develop into innovative approaches, challenges, and opportunities to promote advanced situational awareness and capabilities.

The aim the CSA 2024 Workshop is to gather contributions of leading-edge researchers from academia and industry, and to provide a forum of discussion about latest research trends in the rapidly developed field of cyber security technologies, data-centric approaches and secure communications with the goal of supporting the development of state-of-the-art CSA, the analysis of innovative data-centric frameworks and the emergence of advanced secure communications in support of crisis management operations, and therefore providing a valuable information venue to researchers as well as practitioners. Manuscripts regarding novel approaches, architectures, implementations, on-going projects, and experiences are encouraged. These may cover all necessary aspects of this research field, including cyber defence, telecommunications, electronics, situational awareness, multisensor data fusion, networking, command and control, decision-making, etc.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

Artificial Intelligence enabled Cybersecurity and viceversa
Automated Cyber response mechanisms
Big data on Cyber situational awareness
Cyber Threat Intelligence management
Cyber risk Identification and Assessment
Cybersecurity Education and Training activities
Gamification and Cyber ranges
Incident modeling and simulation
Digital twins applied to Cybersecurity

Incident response, reasoning and decision-making
Cyber Key Terrain identification and assessment
Mission planning, assessment and management in support of cybersecurity tasks
Cyber Resilience and recovery
Visual analytics, Cyber Common Operational Picture and presentation techniques
Secure communications
Command and Control systems
Quantum Technologies
Situation understanding of complex information environments
Zero Trust architectures and data-centric security

Important Dates

Submission Deadline May 5, 2024
Author Notification May 29, 2024
Proceedings Version June 18, 2024
ARES EU Symposium July 30, 2024
 Conference July 30 – August 02, 2024

Workshop Chairs

Salvador Llopis
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Marco Antonio Sotelo Monge
Indra, Spain

Marta Irene García Cid
Indra, Spain

Jorge Maestre Vidal
Indra, Spain

Gregorio Martínez Perez
Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Program Committee

Nikolai Stoianov, Bulgarian Defence Institute, Bulgaria
Victor Villagrá González, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro, Institut Mines-Telecom, Telecom SudParis, France
Alberto Huertas Celdran, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Patricia Arias Cabarcos, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Cataldo Basile, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Roumen Daton Medenou, Indra, Digital Labs, Spain
Miguel Páramo Castrillo, Indra, Digital Labs, Spain
Lorenzo Fernández Maimó, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Manuel Gil Pérez, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Alessandro Brighente, University of Padua, Italy
Fabio De Gaspari, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Georgios Kambourakis, University of the Aegean, Greece

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/.