20th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security
24th - 25th June 2021, Chester, UK

ACI is taking a hybrid approach towards conferences this year. We are planning to run our series of conferences as physical events with the option for participants to join virtually. If when it draws close to the time  of the event we are unable to meet in person due to COVID-19 restrictions the conference will move fully into the virtual format. We urge you to continue to submit your abstracts and papers in line with the published dates (extensions will be granted on request). For more details and regular updates please click here or contact

University of Chester

Welcome to ECCWS 2021

It is now 20 years since the European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ECCWS) was established. It has been held in Ireland, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, to mention only a few of the countries which have hosted it. This conference attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, military personnel, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of the cyber security community. ECCWS is generally attended by participants from more than 30 countries. The Journal of Information Warfare regularly publishes a number of the papers presented at this conference.

 Conference Co-Chairs

Dr Thaddeus Eze
Dr Thaddeus Eze
Dr Lee Speakman
Dr Lee Speakman

Programme Chair

Dr Cyril Onwubiko
Dr Cyril Onwubiko

Personal Message from the Conference Chairs

We are happy ECCWS is coming to Chester! The University of Chester is building a strong base for teaching and research in cyber security and is very much looking forward to hosting this conference. For us, this is an interesting opportunity to network with relevant researchers and practitioners in our fantastic university facility. Collaboration is key to bringing together all the interested entities and individuals. We look forward to welcoming participants.  Dr Thaddeus Eze. Welcome from Programme Chair We look forward to welcoming our guests to the University of Chester, UK  in June 2021 for the 20th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. We are extremely pleased to have secured the opportunity to host this prestigious event in Chester. It’ll without a doubt benefit our town, and an opportunity for our guests to enjoy our rich cultural heritage, community life and hospitality. We look forward to exchanging ideas and networking with a diverse group of ECCWS participants.

Welcome to Chester!  Dr Cyril Onwubiko


Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline02 December 2020STILL ACCEPTING ABSTRACTS
Notification of abstract acceptance11 December 2020
Full paper due for review21 January 2021
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)01 April 2021
Earlybird registration closes15 April 2021
Final paper due (with any changes)29 April 2021
Final Author registration date20 May 2021

Conference Publications


Papers accepted for the ECCWS after the double-blind peer review process, will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. The conference proceedings have an ISSN (2049-9870) and will be assigned an ISBN on publication. Additionally, papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for further development an possible publication in the journals listed below. Note that journal editors are provided with the conference proceedings and will make selections if they feel work is appropriate and of sufficient quality for the journal. If invited to publish in a journal authors will be expected to develop the work by 40-50%, including a change of title and abstract. Individual journal procedures will need to be followed and there is no guarantee of publication.

Conference Accreditations



Proceedings of the European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ECCWS) are:

      • indexed in the ISI Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index
      • listed in EBSCO database of Conference Proceedings
      • listed in the ProQuest database
      • indexed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in the UK
      • listed on Google Scholar
      • listed on Google Book search
      • indexed by Elsevier SCOPUS
      • Ranked by the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

Conference proceedings are submitted for accreditation on publication. Please note that depending on the accreditation body, this process can take several months.