DST-UKIERI Virtual workshop on Adversarial Cyber Security

Online

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

Dr. 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

Dr. Shahram Salek Zamankhani

London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Dr. Jason Nurse

University of Kent, UK

Dr. 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

Dr. Sushil Chandra

Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, Defence R&D Organization, India

Dr. Dileep A.D.

Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India

Dr. Palvi Aggarwal

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Dr. Zahid Maqbool

Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India

Program Schedule

Wednesday, 23rd September

09:00 - 09:30 Opening address by Dr. Varun Dutt, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi.

09:30 - 10:00 Research talk by Dr. Vassil Vassilev, Head of the Cyber Security Research Centre, London Metropolitan University.

10:00 - 10:30 Research Talk by Prof. Karim Ouazzane, Director of Research and Enterprise and Founder of the Cyber Security Centre.

10:30 - 11:00 Research Talk by Dr. Varun Dutt, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi.

11:00 - 11:15 Break.

11:15 - 11:45 Research Talk by Dr. Cyril Onwubiko, Chair, Cyber Security Intelligence, Center for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration (C-MRiC).

11:45 - 12:45 Student Presentations Session #1

12:45 - 13:15 Research Talk by Dr. Sushil Chandra, Scientist ‘G’ & HOD, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, Defence R&D Organization, India.

13:15 - 14:00 Lunch break.

14:00 - 14:30 Research Talk by Dr. Shahram Salek Zamankhani, Deputy Head of Infrastructure and Training, Cyber Security Research Centre, London Metropolitan University.

14:30 - 15:00 Research Talk by Dr. Jason Nurse, Assistant Professor, University of Kent, UK

15:00 - 15:30 Research Talk by Dr. Palvi Aggarwal, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dynamic Decision-Making Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University (Through Skype).

15:30 - 16:30 Student Presentations #2.

Thursday, 24th September

09:00 - 09:30 Research Talk by Dr. Dileep A.D., School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi.

09:30 - 10:00 Research Talk by Dr. Pierangelo Rosati, Assistant Professor in Business Analytics, DCU Business School; Co-Deputy Director, The Irish Institute of Digital Business, Ireland.

10:00 - 10:30 Research Talk by Dr. Frank Wang, Professor, School of Computing, University of Kent.

10:30 - 11:00 Research Talk by Rakesh Kumar Seghal, Deputy Director, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, India.

11:00 - 11:15 Break.

11:15 - 11:45 Research Talk by Zahid Maqbool, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi.

11:45 - 12:15 Research Talk by Dr Ruth Ikwu, Senior Research Associate, Center for Cyber Security Excellence, Social Data Science Lab, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

12:15 - 12:45 Valedictory Program.

Important Dates

15.06.2020

Registration for virtual workshop begins

31.08.2020

Last Date for submitting registrations

Registration

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 a reputed journal. For registering for the event, please fill the following form: Link

Organisers

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

Contact Us!

Phone

+01905-267184

Email

dstukieriworkshop2020@gmail.com

Address

Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Kamand, HP, India - 175075

London Metropolitan University, London, United Kingdom - N7 8DB