PCSCP 2019

International Workshop on Physical and Cyber Security in Critical Port Infrastructures (PCSCP 2019)

to be held in conjunction with the 14 th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2019 – http://www.ares-conference.eu )

August 26 – August 29, 2019, Kent, Canterbury, UK

In the European Union, ports play a vital role facilitating 90% of EU’s external trade and 43% of all the internal market exchanges. Ports are key facilitators in international trade and logistics, and they play a unique role in global supply chain activities. With the current digitalization trend in the maritime sector, the fusion of the physical and the cyber space becomes more prominent. An increasing number of cyber-physical systems are introduced into port infrastructures, opening up new threat vectors and making the port vulnerable to attacks from the cyber domain. Thus, a holistic view on port infrastructures becomes more important to identify potential threats from the physical and the cyber domains.

This workshop aims at bringing together security experts from different fields – not only the maritime sector – and discuss about novel concepts and approaches to tackle current issues in the protection of critical (port) infrastructures. In this context, we also want to look at the potential consequences an incident within a port might have on dependent infrastructures, economy and trade as well as the people living in its vicinity. Besides results from theoretical work, we would also encourage the presentation of technological solutions (e.g., prototypes) implementing those methodologies as well as use case scenarios and empirical studies, which provide insights in real-life applications and the occurring problems.


SAURON (H2020) https://www.sauronproject.eu/

Nowadays, coordinated and every time more complex terrorist attacks are shocking the world. Due to the progressive dependency of the industrial sector and many critical infrastructures, particularly EU port infrastructures, on ICT systems, the impact of a coordinated physical attack, a deliberate disruption of critical automation systems or even a combined scenario could have disastrous consequences for the European Member States’ regions and social wellbeing in general.

In this context, the SAURON project proposes to ensure an adequate level of protection and resilience for EU ports against physical and cyber threats, as well as combinations of both. The vision of SAURON is to provide a multidimensional yet installation-specific situational awareness platform to help port operators anticipate and withstand potential cyber, physical or combined security threats to their freight and cargo business, and to the safety of their employees, visitors, passengers and citizens in the vicinity. Therefore, a Hybrid Situation Awareness application capable of determining the potential consequences of any threat will show the potential cascading effects of a detected threat in the two different domains (physical and cyber).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

Physical & Cyber Threats in Critical (Port) Infrastructures
Assessing Threats and Risks in Critical (Port) Infrastructures
Security Aspects of Cyber-Physical Systems
Concepts and Solutions for Physical & Cyber Situational Awareness
Simulating the Propagation of Threats and their Impacts

Concepts towards Hybrid Situational Awareness
Identifying and Measuring Impacts on the Society
Identifying and Measuring Cascading Effects
Emergency Population Warning Systems
Legislative Aspects for Critical (Port) Infrastructures under GDPR and the NIS Directive

Important Dates
Submission Deadline April 30, 2019
Author Notification June 10, 2019
Proceedings Version June 23, 2019
ARES EU Symposium August 26, 2019
Conference August 26 – August 29, 2019
Program Chair/ Workshop Chair

Federico Carvajal
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Richard Chisnall

Rafa Company
Fundación Valenciaport

Stefan Schauer
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Program Committee


Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines valid for the workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found at https://www.ares-conference.eu/conference/submission/ .