The First ACM SIGMETRICS International Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Network Security
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA


The First ACM International Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Network Security (CINS) will be held in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA on June 5, 2017 in conjunction with ACM SIGMETRICS.


Critical Infrastructure Networks of the nations across the world currently are under severe stress due to increased number of incidences and threats of cyber-attack against these networks. Almost all these networks, including electric power distribution grid, communication networks, water distribution networks, financial networks and transportation systems are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. As these networks form the lifeline of any nation, it is imperative that vulnerability level of these networks be reduced as much as possible.

Unfortunately, vulnerability levels of these infrastructure networks are not well understood. To complicate matters further, these networks do not operate in isolation. Most often, they are highly interdependent on one another, making vulnerability analysis of such interdependent networks even more complex. Although in the last few years a number of models have been proposed for such interdependent systems, most of them are inadequate to capture the complex interdependency that exists even in one critical infrastructure system, let alone multiple interdependent critical infrastructure systems. In addition, none of the proposed models have been validated using any real critical infrastructure network data.

The goal of this workshop is to bring academicians, critical infrastructure network operators, representatives of governmental agencies responsible for proper functioning of these networks together, so that appropriate modeling and data collection approaches can be formulated so that vulnerability levels of various critical infrastructure networks can be evaluated and results validated.

Call for Papers

In keeping with the scope of the workshop, we are seeking papers covering all aspects of critical infrastructure network security, which includes technical, economic, social and behavioral. In addition to scientific contribution from the academicians, we strongly encourage submission from the engineers, economists and physical, social and behavioral scientists from infrastructure operators, national laboratories and governmental agencies. Topics of interest include (but not limited to):

  • Modeling and validation for Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Interdependency between multiple Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Vulnerability analysis of Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Enhancement of Robustness and Resiliency of Critical Infrastructure Networks in a budget constrained environment
  • Cyber-security and Digital Forensic issues in Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Economic aspects of robustness and resiliency of Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Impact of Social and Behavioral aspects on robustness and resiliency of Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Impact of Regulations on robustness and resiliency of Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Risk management in Critical Infrastructure Networks

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017 (extended)
  • Acceptance Notification: May 15, 2017
  • Workshop Date: June 5, 2017

Submission Details

Performance Evaluation Review (PER) is the quarterly publication of ACM SIGMETRICS. PER is sent to all SIGMETRICS members and is available through the ACM digital library. PER publishes the proceedings of all the Sigmetrics workshops. Accordingly, all accepted submissions for CINS will be published in PER.

Page limit for the CINS workshop submissions is 5 pages.

In order for publication in PER, the authors of accepted submissions need to grant ACM permission to publish them in print and digital formats. Note that there are no copyright issues with PER, and thus authors retain the copyright of their work with complete freedom to submit their work elsewhere.

Authors should prepare the manuscripts in the following latex style:

CINS encourages research papers, position papers and policy papers from academia, industry and governmental agencies for presentation at CINS. The submissions should be in the standard ACM format.

Submissions must be submitted electronically in printable PDF form, via the CINS 2017 submission site at:

Submissions will be reviewed by the CINS program committee for presentation at the workshop. Revised versions of these submissions will be published in a special issue of Performance Evaluation Review (PER), with a due date after the workshop making it possible for authors to incorporate the results of, or simply mention, any relevant discussions at the workshop.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. William H. Sanders, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Invited Talks

Workshop Schedule

Date: June 5th 2017
Location: Room 2100, National Center for Supercomputing Applications Building on the University of Illinois campus. (Google Maps)

June 5th, 2017
Room 2100, NCSA Building, University of Illinois
08:00 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 08:40 Introductory Remarks
My T. Thai
University of Florida
Arun Sen
Arizona State University
08:40 - 09:40 Keynote Talk Building a Trustworthy Power Grid Cyber Infrastructure: Challenges and Approaches
William H. Sanders
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
09:40 - 10:10 Invited Talk #1 Interdependencies in Critical Infrastructure Modeling
Andjelka Kelic
Sandia National Laboratories
10:10 - 10:30 Contributed Talk #1 Monotonicity Properties and Spectral Characterization of Power Redistribution in Cascading Failures
L. Guo, C. Liang and S. H. Low
California Institute of Technology
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Invited Talk #2 Probabilistic Risk Analysis for Critical Infrastructure
Scott Backhaus
Los Alamos National Laboratory
11:30 - 12:00 Invited Talk #3 Computing the Potential Impact of Earthquakes on Critical Infrastructure Networks
Fernando Kuipers
Delft University, The Netherlands
12:00 - 12:30 Invited Talk #4 Validating Cascading Failure Analysis of Complex Power Networks: a Calibration Approach
Giovanni Sansavini
ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:30 Invited Talk #5 Water System Network Security
Timothy McPherson
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
14:30 - 15:00 Invited Talk #6 Algorithms for Detection of Cyber Attacks in the Power Grid
Gil Zussman
Columbia University
15:00 - 15:30 Invited Talk #7 Computing Undetectable Cascading Attacks to Power Grids
Daniel Bienstock
Columbia University
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:30 Invited Talk #8 Detection of Cyber-Physical Faults and Intrusions from Physical Correlations
Nathan Lemons
Los Alamos National Laboratory
16:30 - 16:50 Contributed Talk #2 Interdependency Analysis of Junctions for Congestion Mitigation in Transportation Infrastructures
G. Stergiopoulos, E. Valvis, F. Anagnou-Misyris, N. Bozovic and D. Gritzalis
Athens Univ. of Economics and Business, Greece
16:50 - 17:10 Contributed Talk #3 A Dynamic Game Analysis and Design of Infrastructure Network Protection and Recovery
J. Chen1, C. Touati2 and Q. Zhu1
1New York University, 2INRIA, Saint-Martin, France
17:10 - 17:30 Contributed Talk #4 CPS-based Threat Modeling for Critical Infrastructure Protection
J. Ding, Y. Atif, S. F. Andler, B. Lindström and M. Jeusfeld
University of Skövde, Sweden
17:30 - 18:30 Panel Discussion Validating Interdependency Models of Critical Infrastructure Networks: Where is the data?

William H.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories
18:30 - 18:35 Concluding Remarks
My T. Thai
University of Florida
Arun Sen
Arizona State University