Call for Papers

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Critical key sectors of modern economies depend highly on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Disruption, disturbance or loss of information flowing through and processed by ICT infrastructures can, as well as incidents in the sector infrastructure itself, lead to various damages such as high economical, material, or ecological impact, loss of vital societal functions and social well-being of people, and in the most unfortunate cases loss of human lives. As a consequence the security, reliability and resilience of these infrastructures are critical for the society. The topic of Critical (Information) Infrastructure Protection (C(I)IP) is therefore a major objective for governments, companies and the research community of the major industrial countries worldwide.

The CRITIS’12 conference is the well-established continuation of the series and aims to explore the new challenges posed by C(I)IP bringing together researchers and professionals from academia, industry and governmental agencies interested in all different aspects of C(I)IP. Especially promoted by CRITIS’12 are multi-disciplinary approaches within the scientific communities at national, European and global level.

Authors are solicited to contribute to the conference by submitting research papers, work-in-progress reports, R&D project results, surveying works and industrial experiences describing significant advances in C(I)IP. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Resilient (Information) Infrastructures
  • Resilience and Stability
  • Infrastructures Survivability
  • Protection of Complex Cyber – Physical Systems
  • All Aspects in respect to Interaction of multiple CI.
  • Self-healing, Self-protection, and Self-management Architectures
  • Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • SCADA Security
  • Cyber Attacks and Cyber Defence of Critical Information(-based) Infrastructures
  • Cyber Security of Smart Grids
  • Cyber Security, Dependability and Cloud Computing
  • Critical (Information-based) Infrastructures Exercises & Contingency Plans
  • Advanced Forensic Methodologies for C(I)I
  • Economics, Investments and Incentives of C(I)IP
  • Infrastructure and CII dependencies Modelling, Simulation, Analysis and Validation
  • C(I)I Network and Organisational Vulnerability Analysis
  • C(I)I threat and Attack Modelling
  • Trust Models in Normal Situations and During Escalation
  • Public – Private Partnership for C(I)I Resilience
  • C(I)IP Polices at National and Cross-border levels
  • C(I)IP R&D Agenda at National and International levels

Instructions for Paper Submission
All submissions will be subjected to a thorough blind review by at least three reviewers. Papers should be no longer than 12 pages in English, including bibliography and well-marked appendices. As in previous years, it is planned that post-proceedings are published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Pre-proceedings will appear at the time of the conference. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register with the Workshop and present the paper. Paper submission will be done via EasyChair ( The submitted paper (in PDF or PostScript format) should follow the respective template offered by Springer ( The paper must start with a title, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. However, the submission should be anonymised and all author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, and obvious traceable references should be eliminated.

Extended and fully revised versions of the best papers accepted for CRITIS’12, after a further peer-reviewed process, will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures (Inderscience).

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