1st Model-driven Simulation and Training Environments
for Cybersecurity (MSTEC)
27 September, 2019 — Luxembourg
co-located with the The European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS)


Cyber Security Training
Igor Linkov, Engineer Research and Development Center - U.S. Army

Abstract — TBC.

Biography — Dr. Igor Linkov () is the Risk and Decision Science Focus Area Lead with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. He is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and Professor of Practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Linkov has managed multiple risk assessments and risk management projects in the areas of environmental management, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, climate change, and systems vulnerability. He is currently developing resilience assessment and management approaches for infrastructure and cyber systems. As a one of the leaders of the USACE Resilience PDT, he is working on developing the USACE Resilience Roadmap and is part of several Interagency Committees and Working Groups tasked with developing resilience metrics and resilience management approaches. He has published widely on environmental policy, environmental modeling, and risk analysis, including fourteen books and over 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Dr. Linkov is Society for Risk Analysis Fellow and recipient of 2005 Chauncey Starr Award for exceptional contribution to Risk Analysis and 2014 Outstanding Practitioner Award.



Call for Papers

Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline: June 30, 2019 extended to July 12, 2019 (AoE, UTC-12)
  • Acceptance notification: July 31, 2019
  • Final paper due: August 25, 2019
  • Workshop: September 27, 2019


The 1st Model-driven Simulation and Training Environments for Cybersecurity (MSTEC) addresses recent advances in the field of cyber modeling and simulation. It is aimed at providing a forum of practitioners and researchers to discuss cyber modeling and simulation (M&S) as well as its application to the development of cyber-security training scenarios and courses of action (COAs). Specifically, it will focus on the verification and validation (V&V) process, which provides the operational community with confidence in knowing that cyber models represent the real world, and will discuss how defense training may benefit from cyber models. It will also investigate advances in emulators, simulators and their potential combination. The workshop papers are expected to take a holistic approach to the overall system assurance process, presenting advances in the simulation of people, policies, processes, and technologies currently available in the field. The workshop aims to connect the multiple threads that currently compose cyber modelling and simulation into a coherent view of what is usable in order to train experts and non-computer-savvy users toward and assured operation of critical systems. The workshop will precede the ESORICS 2019 conference.

MSTEC encourages systems security researchers to share early iterations of bleeding-edge ideas with the community, before they are further developed into full papers. Reciprocally, authors receive feedback to help steer and improve their research to its full potential.

Topics of Interest

We invite submissions of full research and survey papers as well as posters on related topics to cybersecurity, including but not limited to:

  • Cyber threat and training preparation models
  • Cyber models and training design
  • Cyber ranges for cybersecurity training and training facility
  • Training platforms and evaluation scenarios
  • On-line training procedures and courses of action (COAs)
  • Training adaptation and training for non-cybersecurity experts
  • Gamification and serious games
  • Modeling and simulation for cyber training (M&S)
  • Simulation and emulation of information systems, networks, and cyber attacks
  • Real-time monitoring and visualization
  • System assurance verification and validation (V&V)

In accordance with the spirit of MSTEC, we also seek:

  • Quantified or insightful experience with existing systems
  • Reproduction or refutation of previous results
  • Negative results and early ideas

Paper submissions

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference/workshop with proceedings. The symposium proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS).

All submissions should follow the LNCS template (available from http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html) from the time they are submitted. Submitted papers should be at most 16 pages (using 10-point font), excluding the bibliography and well-marked appendices, and at most 20 pages total. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, so the paper should be intelligible without them. All submissions must be written in English. Submissions are to be made to the submission web site. Only pdf files will be accepted. Submissions are not anonymous.

Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Authors of accepted papers must agree with Springer LNCS copyright and guarantee that their papers will be presented at the conference.

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mstec2019.


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