IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine - Special Issue on Security for
Energy Sector Control Systems

Abstracts due: 1 January 2014 to the guest editors (sp6-2014@computer.org):

	Sean Peisert, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and
	University of California, Davis 
	Jonathan Margulies, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Final submissions due: 1 March, 2014

Publication date: November/December 2014 Issue

Control systems used in the energy sector present unusual security and
reliability challenges: The installed base is often decades old,
systems are commonly installed in adverse physical conditions,
bandwidth and communication reliability can be very low, with tight
performance timelines, and, most important, failure can result in
destruction of critical physical systems or loss of life.

This special issue seeks articles that can help lead to solutions that
can be shown to improve the security and reliability of power systems,
including control systems related to generation, transmission,
distribution, and consumption or use, such as in industrial plant
operations, commercial buildings, or homes. Such solutions might be
purely technical, or could be social, policy-related, or some

Articles should address questions such as:

* Very few techniques from "traditional" computer security and
  information technology (IT) can be shown to demonstrably improve
  security and reliability of the systems they seek to protect.

        * Are there techniques that exist for control systems that
          make the problem more tractable?

	* Are there challenges that make the problem even worse? How
          can those be surmounted?

* How can safety engineering traditionally used with control systems
  be married with computer security techniques traditionally used in

* How do current policies, laws, and regulations help or hinder
  security for power-related controls systems? What policy changes
  might be useful to improving control system security & reliability?

* What privacy problems or solutions exist in relation to electric
  power control systems?
We welcome case studies, experience reports, practices, research
results, and standards reports. Our readers are eager to hear about
industry experiences, especially resulting from empirical studies that
help us learn how past successes and failures should inform new
technology or practices. We are also interested in failures, either in
research, development, or operations, that can convey valuable
learning experience.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be subject to the IEEE Computer Society's peer-review
process. Articles should be at most 6,000 words, with a maximum of 15
references, and should be understandable to a broad audience of people
interested in security and privacy. The writing style should be down
to earth, practical, and original. Authors should not assume that the
audience will have specialized experience in a particular
subfield. All accepted articles will be edited according to the IEEE
Computer Society style guide.

Submit abstracts to the guest editors, and submit your papers to
ScholarĀ­One at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cs-ieee