DST-UKIERI Virtual workshop on Adversarial Cyber Security


23.09.2020 - 24.09.2020

About IIT Mandi

IIT Mandi is located a few hours before the Himalayan resort of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. It was established with the vision to be a leader in science and technology, knowledge creation and innovation, in an India marching towards a just inclusive and sustainable society.

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About London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University is a public university based in London, UK. It is one of the UK’s most diverse universities with students from hundreds of countries. They offer an extensive range of courses available at undergraduate, postgraduate, professional, and research levels. Over the past few years, they have created new state-of-the-art teaching, social, and professional spaces.

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Adversarial cybersecurity

Cyber-attacks, i.e., the disruption of the normal functioning of computers and the loss of private information through malicious network events, are becoming widespread. Cyber-defence strategies (like deception and intrusion detection systems), game-theoretic and machine-learning tools and techniques, and an understanding of adversarial cognition are promising interventions to secure networks from cyber-attacks. However, currently little is known on how different cyber-defence strategies, game-theoretic and machine-learning tools and techniques, and understanding of adversarial decision-making process would enable a reduction in cyber-attacks. This workshop aims to involve government officials, industry practitioners, and academia in understanding adversarial cognition, cyber-defence strategies, and game-theoretic and machine-learning tools and techniques towards cybersecurity. In particular, the workshop will involve a discussion on adversarial cognition (one adversary versus several adversaries), cyber-defence strategies like the use of deception and intrusion detection systems, and game-theoretic and machine-learning tools and techniques for countering cyber-attacks.

Objectives of the virtual workshop

To discuss the influence of adversarial cognition on the decision-making of adversaries as single individuals and as teams of individuals. Under this objective, the workshop will cover research that discusses adversarial mental models, the influence of recent and frequent experiences on adversarial decisions, and adversarial strategies for waging cyber-attacks.

To discuss the prevalence of several cyber-defence strategies. Under this objective, the workshop will cover research that discusses the use of honeypots (deception), intrusion detection systems, and other approaches for monitoring suspicious network-related activities. In particular, research would cover the influence of availability and accuracy of IDSs as well as the timing and amount of deception via honeypots in different sized networks.

To discuss the use of game-theoretic and machine-learning tools and techniques in cybersecurity research. Under this objective, it is proposed to discuss different cybersecurity games that allow researchers to compute optimal Nash actions and deviations from adversary actions from Nash actions. It is also proposed to study how cognitive, machine-learning, and deep-learning models can be used to model decisions of adversaries and network events.

To impart knowledge and experience-sharing about the cognitive and social aspects involved in the cyber-attacks and cyber-defence.

Our Speakers

Dr. Varun Dutt

Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India

Prof. Karim Ouazzane

London Metropolitian University, United Kingdom

Dr. Cyril Onwubiko

Centre for multidisciplinary research, innovation and collaboration, United Kingdom

Dr. Vassil Vassilev

London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Prof. Sandeep Shukla

Indian Insitute of Technology Kanpur, India

Prof. Kanchi Gopinath

Indian Insitute of Science Bengaluru, India

Prof. Sylvia Ilieva

Sofia University, UK

Dr. Jason Nurse

University of Kent, UK

Prof. Frank Wang

University of Kent, UK

Dr. Pierangelo Rosati

DCU Business School, Ireland

Dr. Aunshul Rege

Temple University, USA

Dr. Ruth Ikwu

Cardiff University, UK

Anthony Philips

Lloyds Bank, UK

Dr. Santosh Biswas

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar

C-DAC Mohali, India

Dr. Dileep A.D.

Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India

Dr. S. Venkateshan

Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad

Prof. Divya Bansal

Punjab Engineering college Chandigarh

Dr. Palvi Aggarwal

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Dr. Zahid Maqbool

Government degree college Dooru, India

Program Schedule

Wednesday, 23rd September

14:30 - 16:00 (10:00 - 11:30) Inaugural Event.

16:00 - 16:30 (11:30 - 12:00) Research Talk by Prof. Sandeep Shukla, Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair of Computer Science, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.

16:30 - 17:00 (12:00 - 12:30) Research Talk by Dr. Vassil Vassilev, Head of the Cyber Security Research Centre, London Metropolitan University.

17:00 - 17:30 (12:30 - 13:00) Break.

17:30 - 18:00 (13:00 - 13:30) Research Talk by Prof. Sylvia Ilieva, Sofia University, Director of Institute GATE, Coordinator of EU Horizon 2020 Project "Big Date for Smart Society".

18:00 - 18:30 (13:30 - 14:00) Research Talk by Dr. Varun Dutt, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India and Prof. Zahid Maqbool, Assistant Professor, Government Degree College Dooru, Anantnag.

18:30 - 19:00 (14:00 - 14:30) Research Talk by Dr. Cyril Onwubiko, Chair, Cyber Security Intelligence, Center for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration (C-MRiC).

19:00 - 20:00 (14:30 - 15:30) Dinner (India) / Lunch (UK)

20:00 - 20:30 (15:30 - 16:00) Research Talk by Anthony Phipps, Cyber Security Senior Manager, Lloyds Bank, UK.

20:30 - 21:00 (16:00 - 16:30) Research Talk by Dr. Jason Nurse, Assistant Professor, Kent University, UK.

21:00 - 21:30 (16:30 - 17:00) Research Talk by Dr. Palvi Aggarwal, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dynamic Decision-Making Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

21:30 - 23:00 (17:00 - 18:30) Student Presentations session.

23:00 - 23:30 (17:30 - 18:00) Research Talk by Dr. Aunshul Rege, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University, USA.

Thursday, 24th September

14:30 - 15:00 (10:00 - 10:30) Research Talk by Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Joint Director, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Mohali, India.

15:00 - 15:30 (10:30 - 11:00) Research Talk by Prof. Dileep A.D., Associate Professor,School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi.

15:30 - 16:00 (11:00 - 11:30) Research Talk by Prof. Santosh Biswas, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India.

16:00 - 16:30 (11:30 - 12:00) Research Talk by Prof. S. Venkateshan, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad, India.

16:30 - 16:45 (12:00 - 12:15) Break.

16:45 - 17:15 (12:15 - 12:45) Research Talk by Prof. Kanchi Gopinath, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India.

17:15 - 17:45 (12:45 - 13:15) Research Talk by Prof. Frank Wang, Professor, School of Computing, University of Kent.

17:45 - 18:15 (13:15 - 13:45) Research Talk by Sai Krishna and Naveen Kumar, Collaborators of ACS Lab, IIT Mandi, India.

18:15 - 19:45 (13:45 - 15:15) Dinner (India)/Lunch(UK)

19:45 - 20:15 (15:15 - 15:45) Research Talk by Dr. Ruth Ikwu, Senior Research Associate, Center for Cyber Security Excellence, Social Data Science Lab, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

20:15 - 20:45 (15:45 - 16:15) Research Talk by Prof. Pierangelo Rosati, Assistant Professor in Business Analytics, DCU Business School; Co-Deputy Director, The Irish Institute of Digital Business, Ireland.

20:45 - 21:15 (16:15 - 16:45) Valedictory program

Important Dates


Registration for virtual workshop begins


Last Date for submitting registrations


Registration is free, but seats are limited for the virtual workshop. So, applicants may be selected for registration based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Also, applicants may submit an abstract (less than 250 words), which will likely be published in Cybersecurity journal (For details, click here.). For registering for the event, please fill the following form: Link


Applied Cognitive Science Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India

Cybersecurity Research Center, London Metropolitan Univerity, United Kingdom

Centre for multidisciplinary research, innovation and collaboration, United Kingdom

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