EPESec 2020

First International Workshop on Electrical Power and Energy Systems Safety, Security and Resilience (EPESec 2020)

to be held in conjunction with the ARES workshops EU Projects Symposium 2020 at 15th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2020 – http://www.ares-conference.eu)

August 25 – August 28, 2020

Energy transition poses significant challenges, as the road ahead is focused on integrating higher share of renewables, promoting a more efficient and decentralized energy system, by involving advanced digital technologies and systems such as smart devices, faster and more flexible gateways, smart meters and IoT. However, this transition necessitates the integration of cyber-defense measures and strategies into novel, resilient and self-healing architectures.

The forthcoming smart energy ecosystem is considered as the next-generation power system, which promises self-healing, resilience, sustainability and efficiency to the critical energy infrastructure. However, due to the increasing digitization of the energy infrastructure, the risk of cyberattacks has risen dramatically, while as the smart energy and power grid is reaching every house and building, the potential of attracting cyber-attackers is magnified. Additionally, legacy systems constitute weak points of failure since they were designed in times when cybersecurity and remote monitoring and control was not part of the technical specifications for the system design.

According to the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA): ‘A cybersecurity incident to power grids could be defined as any adverse event that can impact the confidentiality, integrity or availability of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems supporting the different processes of the organizations involved in the well-functioning of the power system, including all its domains (e.g., markets, operation of the distribution or transmission grid, customers, etc.)’.

From this perspective, the EPESec 2020 workshop aims at collecting the most relevant ongoing research efforts in the EPES security field. It also serves as a forum for relevant projects in order to disseminate their security-related results, boost cooperation, and foster the development of the EPES Security Community made of security experts and practitioners.

The workshop is co-organized from the following H2020 R&D projects:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Security policies
Risk analysis and management
Vulnerability assessment and metrics
Awareness, training and simulation
Security standards
Privacy and Anonymity in smart/ micro grids
Threat modeling
Security architectures
Access control
Malware and cyber weapons
Intrusion detection and visualization
Defense in depth

Monitoring and real time supervision
Perimeter security
Safety-security interactions
Cyber security engineering
Secure communication protocols
Formal models for security
Hardware Security
Resilient ICS/CPS
Application Security
Secure Firmware
Incident Response and Digital Forensics
Case studies

Important Dates
Submission Deadline June 08, 2020
Author Notification June 19, 2020
Proceedings Version July 05, 2020
ARES EU Symposium August 25, 2020
All-Digital Conference  August 25 – August 28, 2020
Workshop Chairs

Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, University of Western Makedonia, Greece
Vasileios Gkioulos, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway
Nicholas Kolokotronis, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Theodoros Rokkas, inCITES Consulting, Luxembourg
Dimitris Kavallieros, Center for Security Studies, Greece

Program Chair

Stavros Shiaeles, University of Portsmouth, UK
Stavros Stavrou, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Rodrigo Diaz Rodriquez, ATOS, Spain

Publicity Chair

Xavier Bellekens, University of Strathclyde, UK
Gohar Sargsyan, CGI Nederland B.V., Netherlands
Ioannis Neokosmidis, inCITES, Consulting, Luxembourg


Solon Athanasopoulos, Public Power Cooperation, Greece
Mats Åström, CheckWatt, Sweden
Giovana Bilali, Center for Security Studies, Greece
David Brosset, French Naval Academy, France
Evangelos Chaskos, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Alba Colet, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Spain
Eleni Darra, Center for Security Studies, Greece
Vasileios Floridis, Public Power Cooperation, Greece
Bendiab Keltoum, University of Portsmouth, UK
Konstantinos Limniotis, Hellenic Data Protection Authority, Greece
Vasilis Machamint, 8BELLS, Cyprus
Nick Savage, University of Portsmouth, UK
Costas Vassilakis, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Xabier Yurrebaso, Fundacion TECNALIA Research and Innovation, Spain

Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines valid for the workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found at https://www.ares-conference.eu/conference/submission/.