ECCWS Mini Tracks

The Mini Tracks for ECCWS

  • Interdisciplinary Research in Cybersecurity
  • Enhancing Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
  • Space Electronic Warfare 

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Interdisciplinary Research in Cybersecurity

Mini-Track Chair: Dr. Char Sample, ICF Inc. US, University of Warwick UK  

Interdisciplinary_Research_in_Cybersecurity_Sample-1.pdf (87 downloads)  

The dynamic and interconnected nature of cyber security touches and influences many aspects of life.  This inter-relatedness suggests that other disciplines might influence, or even possibly impact, cyber events.  For example, geo-political events, environmental events, culture, psychology or economic disciplines may offer new and unique insights into how cyber events are viewed and understood.  This track is dedicated to crossing the traditional disciplines of academia and examining cyber events within the context of another academic discipline.  

  • Decision science and cybersecurity
  • Natural disasters and cyber events
  • Conflict and cyber events
  • Environmental resources and cyber events
  • Financial events and cyber events
  • Cyber-Physical systems security
  • Complexity modeling in cybersecurity

Enhancing Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Mini-Track Chair: Dr Leigh Armistead, Peregrine Technical Solutions, VA, USA 

MT_Enhancing-Critical-Infrastructure-Cybersecurity-1.pdf (86 downloads)  

In May 2021, the operators of the Colonial Pipeline were forced to proactively shut down operations and freeze information technology (IT) systems after becoming the victim of a ransomware attack. On May 10th, the FBI confirmed that this group was responsible for the pipeline attack, and on May 13th, Bloomberg reported that the Colonial Pipeline company paid a ransom demand of close to $4.4 million in return for a decryption key that enabled it to regain control of its business networks and data.  All indications are that the Colonial Pipeline attack was a criminal operation—DarkSide operators targeted the company’s business IT networks, rather than its IT and operational technology (OT) networks providing pipeline control. In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline incident, on May 28, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued new requirements for pipeline cybersecurity. On July 20th, the TSA issued a new cybersecurity directive requiring owners and operators of certain critical pipelines carrying hazardous liquids and natural gas to “implement a number of urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions.” 

The OT systems comprising ICS used to control a wide variety of critical infrastructure is ubiquitous and, in many cases, virtually unprotected.

Space Electronic Warfare 

Mini-Track Chair: Dr Chris Flaherty (retired)  

MT_Space-Electronic-Warfare.pdf (80 downloads)  

Since 2019 (particularly, in the USA), there has been a significant shift in National Defence Policy with the stand-up of Space Forces, and Space Commands. Reflecting a growing significance placed by countries on Space-Based Infrastructure. The critical question to be addressed, is how is that Infrastructure protected, defended, or more offensive measures taken, within various interpretations of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty banning the Weaponization of Space. Historically, the Cyber-EW Domain has largely incorporated Military-Use Satellites; however, in the last few years growing recognition of the need for assured access to the Space Domain, seen as critical to Warfighting effectiveness, has seen emergence of a Space Electronic Warfare capability, as part of the approach to Space Control. Countries seek to detect and deter attempts to interfere with, or attack, their use of the Space Domain and protect their Satellite capabilities, or International Assets – such as GPS, communications etc. they are depended on. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Space Policy: Right to Defend-Protect Access to Space, Militarization and Weaponization issues
  • International norms, transparency and cooperation in upholding responsible behaviour in Space
  • Space EW and Cyber Concepts
  • Space Operations Lines, Zones
  • Satellite Robustness
  • Lasers role in Space EW
  • Ground-Based or Space-Based