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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: May 14, 2018 (extended)
  • 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

Prof. David M. Nicol, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Invited Talks

  • Invited Talk 1

    Dr. Andjelka Kelic, Sandia National Laboratory, USA

  • Invited Talk 2

    Prof. Auroop Ganguly, Northeastern University, USA

  • Invited Talk 3

    Dr. Alberto Tofani, ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Italy

  • Invited Talk 4

    Prof. Biplab Sikdar, National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • Invited Talk 5

    Prof. Nga Tran, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

  • Invited Talk 6

    Dr. Saleh Soltan, Princeton University, USA

  • Invited Talk 7

    Dr. Arun Das, Visa Inc., USA

Workshop Schedule

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

June 18th, 2018
Newport Room Beckman Center, Irvine, CA, USA
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast & Registration
Session 1
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome
My T. Thai
University of Florida, USA
Arun Sen
Arizona State University, USA
09:05 - 10:00 Keynote Talk Challenges in Risk Assessment of Critical Infrastructures to Network Insecurity
David Nicol
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
Session 2
Session Chair: Hana Khamfroush, University of Kentucky, USA
10:30 - 11:00 Invited Talk #1 Cyber Risk in Critical Infrastructure
Andjelka Kelic
Sandia National Laboratories, USA
11:00 - 11:30 Invited Talk #2 Dynamic Threats on Lifelines: Resilience of Critical Infrastructures to Cyber and Climate
Auroop Ganguly
Northeastern University, USA
11:30 - 12:00 Invited Talk #3 The CIPCast Platform and the Operational Resilience Assessment of Complex Inter-dependent Electrical Networks
Alberto Tofani
ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Italy
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
Session 3
Session Chair: Arun Das, Visa Inc., USA
13:30 - 14:00 Invited Talk #4 Consumer Privacy in Smart Meter Data
Biplab Sikdar
National University of Singapore, Singapore
14:00 - 14:30 Invited Talk #5 Disaster Avoidance Control in SDN Networks
Nga Tran
Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
14:30 - 15:00 Invited Talk #6 REACT to Cyber-Physical Attacks on the Power Grid
Saleh Soltan
Princeton University, USA
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
Session 4
Session Chair: Xiang Li, Santa Clara University, USA
15:30 - 16:00 Invited Talk #7 RAPTOR: A Network Tool for Mitigating the Impact of Spatially Correlated Failures in Infrastructure Networks
Arun Das
Visa Inc., USA
16:00 - 16:20 Contributed Talk #1 Failure Localization in Power Systems via Tree Partitions
L. Guo, C. Liang, A. Zocca, S. Low and A. Wierman
California Institute of Technology, USA
16:20 - 16:40 Contributed Talk #2 Adaptive Strategic Cyber Defense for Advanced Persistent Threats in Critical Infrastructure Networks
L. Huang and Q. Zhu
New York University, USA
16:40 - 17:00 Contributed Talk #3 Evaluating Local Disaster Recovery Strategies
J. Oostenbrink1, F. Kuipers1, P. Heegaard2, and B. Helvik2
Delft University of Technology1, The Netherlands
Norwegian University of Science and Technology2, Norway
17:00 - 17:20 Contributed Talk #4 Vulnerability of Interdependent Infrastructures Under Random Attacks
H. Khamfroush1, S. L. Iloo1, and M. Rahnamay-Naeini2
University of Kentucky1, USA
University of South Florida2, USA
17:20 - 18:20 Panel Discussion

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sandia National Laboratories
18:20 - 18:30 Concluding Remarks
My T. Thai
University of Florida, USA
Arun Sen
Arizona State University, USA