The Second ACM SIGMETRICS International Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Network Security
University of California, Irvine, June 18, 2018


The Second ACM International Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Network Security (CINS) will be held in University of California, Irvine on June 18, 2018 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: April 30, 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: May 25, 2018
  • Workshop Date: June 18, 2018

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 2018 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

To be announced

Invited Talks

To be announced

Workshop Schedule

Date: June 18, 2018
Location: Beckman Center (directions), adjacent to the University of California, Irvine

To be announced


Past CINS Workshops