CPS-SPC 2019

ACM Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Privacy (CPS-SPC)
In Conjunction with the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS)
November 11 2019, London, UK

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CPS-SPC aims to be the premier workshop for research on security of Cyber-Physical Systems (such as medical devices, manufacturing and industrial control, robotics and autonomous vehicles). In 2019, the workshop will run for the fifth time, co-located with CCS. We seek original research papers from interdisciplinary backgrounds, tackling security and privacy issues in Cyber-Physical Systems.

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Time Slot Description
7h30 Registration / Breakfast -
9h00 Welcome
  • A welcome by the chairs, PDF
9h15 Session 1: Keynote Chair: Avishai Wool
  • Network Monitoring of Industrial Control Systems: The Lessons of SecurityMatters. Sandro Etalle (TU Eindhoven, Netherlands), details, slides, abstract
10h15 Coffee-break -
10h45 Session 2: Industrial Control Systems Chair: Awais Rashid
  • Security Analysis of Radar Systems. Shai Cohen, Tomer Gluck, Asaf Shabtai, Yuval Elovici (Ben-Gurion University), slides, paper
  • Enhancing the Resiliency of Cyber-Physical Systems with Software-Defined Networks. Luis Salazar, Alvaro Cárdenas (University of California, Santa Cruz), PDF
  • Dataflow Challenges in an Internet of Production: A Security & Privacy Perspective. Jan Pennekamp (RWTH Aachen University), Martin Henze (Fraunhofer), Simo Schmidt, Philipp Niemietz, Marcel Fey, Daniel Trauth, Thomas Bergs, Christian Brecher, Klaus Wehrle (RWTH Aachen University), slides, paper
12h15 Lunch -
13h45 Session 3: Intrusion Detection and Prevention Chair: Eyal Ronen
  • CopyCAN: An Error-Handling Protocol based Intrusion Detection System for Controller Area Network. Stefano Longari (Politecnico di Milano); Matteo Penco, (Politecnico di Milano); Michele Carminati (Politecnico di Milano); Stefano Zanero (Politecnico di Milano), slides, paper
  • Characterizing background noise in ICS traffic through a set of low interaction honeypots. Pietro Ferretti, Marcello Pogliani, Stefano Zanero (Politecnico di Milano), slides, paper
  • Controller Area Network Intrusion Prevention System Leveraging Fault Recovery. Habeeb Olufowobi, Sena Hounsinou (Howard University), Gedare Bloom (University of Colorado Colorado Springs), PDF
15h15 Coffee-break -
15h45 Session 4: Physical Layer and Testbeds Chair: Nils Ole Tippenhauer
  • Oops I Did it Again: Further Adventures in the Land of ICS Security Testbeds. Joseph Gardiner, Barnaby Craggs (University of Bristol), Benjamin Green (Lancaster University), Awais Rashid (University of Bristol) , PDF
  • The Leaky Actuator: A Provably-covert Channel in Cyber Physical Systems. Yehonatan Kfir (Bar Ilan University); Amir Herzberg (University of Connecticut, USA), slides, paper
  • Security Implications of Implementing Multistate Distance-Bounding Protocols. Jingyi Zhang (City University of Hong Kong), Anjia Yang (Jinan University), Qiao Hu (Hunan University), Gerhard Petrus Hancke (City University of Hong Kong), slides, paper
17h15 Concluding remarks -

Keynote: Network Monitoring of Industrial Control Systems: the lessons of SecurityMatters

Sandro Etalle, TU Eindhoven

Abstract: Established in 2009 in the Netherlands as a University spin-off by an professor and two PhD students, SecurityMatters was acquired in 2018 by the American ForeScout Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:FCST). SecurityMatters was the pioneer of a new way of realizing network monitoring for cybersecurity that proved very successful in the Critical Infrastructure domain (Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Energy Distribution etc.). Besides a success story, SecurityMatters has also represented an enormous learning experience, also from the technical viewpoint, allowing to benchmark different approaches against reality. In this lecture, one of the founders of SecurityMatters will give his unsweetened opinion regarding what works and what does not work, when it comes to network monitoring, and why.

Bio: Sandro Etalle is an entrepreneur and a full professor and head of the Security group at the TU Eindhoven. He earned his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (1995). Before switching to the academic career he was co-founder of two Italian technology companies; TecLogic and ICON (www.icon.it). In 2009, Etalle founded SecurityMatters (www.secmatters.com) together with PhD students D. Bolzoni and E. Zambon. At SecurityMatters Etalle served as CEO for over 4 years and as Chairman of the Board until the exit. SecurityMatters factually changed the way of monitoring Industrial Systems and maintaining a leadership position in its segment. At the TU Eindhoven, Etalle leads the TU/e Security and Embedded Networked Systems section, counting over 40 employees, and the Security group, which is part of it. Beyond the TU/e, Etalle is visiting professor at the University of Trento and lecturer at the Bologna Business School.


Steering Committee

  • Rakesh Bobba, Oregon State University, USA
  • Alvaro Cardenas, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Roshan Thomas, MITRE Corporation
  • Awais Rashid, University of Bristol, UK

Program Chairs

Technical Program Committee

  • Cristina Alcaraz, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Magnus Almgren, Chalmers Univ., Sweden
  • Pauline Anthonysamy, Google, Switzerland
  • Rakesh Bobba, Oregon State Univ., USA
  • Ferdinand Brasser, TU Darmstadt
  • Alvaro Cardenas, UT Dallas, USA
  • Marco Caselli, Siemens AG, Germany
  • Nora Cuppens, IMT Atlantique, France
  • Benjamin Green, Lancaster, UK
  • Gerhard Hancke, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Katharina Krombholz,CISPA, Germany
  • Marina Krotofil, BASF, Germany
  • Emil Lupu, Imperial College, UK
  • Michail (Mihalis) Maniatakos, NYU-Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Aditya Mathur, SUTD, Singapore
  • Stefan Nürnberger, CISPA, Germany
  • Awais Rashid, University of Bristol, UK
  • Eyal Ronen, Tel Aviv University and KU Leuven, Israel/Belgium
  • Asaf Shabtai, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  • Claire Vishik, Intel, US
  • Stefano Zanero, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Jianying Zhou, SUTD, Singapore
  • Saman Zonouz, Rutgers University, USA


CCS will be held in London, at the Hilton Metropole. Registration details will be provided on the main conference site


Contact the workshop chairs at contact@cps-spc.org