** 1st Model-driven Simulation and Training Environments 
   for Cybersecurity Workshop **

1st Model-driven Simulation and Training Environments for Cybersecurity
Workshop (MSTEC)
within The European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2019)

Luxembourg - September 27, 2019


**** Abstract ****

The 1st Model-driven Simulation and Training Environments for Cybersecurity
(MSTEC) addresses recent advances in the field of cyber modeling and
simulation. It is aimed at providing a forum of practitioners and
researchers to discuss cyber modeling and simulation (M&S) as well as its
application to the development of cyber-security training scenarios and
courses of action (COAs). Specifically, it will focus on the verification
and validation (V&V) process, which provides the operational community with
confidence in knowing that cyber models represent the real world, and will
discuss how defense training may benefit from cyber models. It will also
investigate advances in emulators, simulators and their potential
combination. The workshop papers are expected to take a holistic approach to
the overall system assurance process, presenting advances in the simulation
of people, policies, processes, and technologies currently available in the
field. The workshop aims to connect the multiple threads that currently
compose cyber modelling and simulation into a coherent view of what is
usable in order to train experts and non-computer-savvy users toward and
assured operation of critical systems. The workshop will precede the ESORICS
2019 conference.

MSTEC encourages systems security researchers to share early iterations of
bleeding-edge ideas with the community, before they are further developed
into full papers. Reciprocally, authors receive feedback to help steer and
improve their research to its full potential.

**** Topics of Interest ****

We invite submissions of full research and survey papers as well as posters
on related topics to cybersecurity, including but not limited to:

- Cyber threat and training preparation models
- Cyber models and training design
- Cyber ranges for cybersecurity training and training facility
- Training platforms and evaluation scenarios
- On-line training procedures and courses of action (COAs)
- Training adaptation and training for non-cybersecurity experts
- Gamification and serious games
- Modeling and simulation for cyber training (M&S)
- Simulation and emulation of information systems, networks, and cyber
- Real-time monitoring and visualization
- System assurance verification and validation (V&V)

In accordance with the spirit of MSTEC, we also seek:

- Quantified or insightful experience with existing systems
- Reproduction or refutation of previous results
- Negative results and early ideas

**** Important dates ****

Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2019 (AoE, UTC-12)
Acceptance notification: June 30, 2019
Final paper due: July 31, 2019

**** Paper submissions ****

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been
published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a
conference/workshop with proceedings. The symposium proceedings will be
published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series

All submissions should follow the LNCS template (available from
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html) from the time they are
submitted. Submitted papers should be at most 16 pages (using 10-point
font), excluding the bibliography and well-marked appendices, and at most 20
pages total. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, so
the paper should be intelligible without them. All submissions must be
written in English. Submissions are to be made to the submission web site.
Only pdf files will be accepted. Submissions are not anonymous.

Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without
consideration of their merits. Authors of accepted papers must agree with
Springer LNCS copyright and guarantee that their papers will be presented at
the conference.

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=esorics19

**** Committee ****

Program Chair
- Sotiris Ioannidis, FORTH, Greece


General Chairs

- Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan, Italy
- Vassilis Prevelakis, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
- George Spanoudakis, Sphynx Technology Solutions AG, Switzerland
- Michael Vinov, IBM Israel, Israel

Web Chairs

- Othonas Soultatos, FORTH, Greece