The Annual CSIIR Workshop will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and published by ACM. This year's event is being co-organized with LLNL, PNNL, Sandia and NNSS.
The aim of this workshop is to introduce and discuss novel theoretical and empirical research focused on (the many) different aspects of cyber security and information intelligence.
Intelligence refers to discrete or private information, which possess currency and relevance. The ability to abstract, evaluate, and understand such information underlies its accuracy and true value (wiki). The collection, analysis and utilization of information constitutes a business-, sociopolitical-, military-intelligence activity that ultimately poses significant advantages and liabilities to the survivability of "our" society.
Theme: Energy Infrastructure Cyber Protection
The energy industry is embarking upon an infrastructure transformation that will result in a national power grid that is more intelligent, robust, resilient, and secure. While the final form will not be known for quite some time, clearly a smarter grid will make better use of information. Whether an electric utility is making real-time adjustments in response to changing load conditions, or commercial and private consumers are making better choices, the timely availability of this information will become increasingly critical. Ultimately, the overall efficiency, reliability, and resilience of the grid is inextricably linked to information. Unfortunately, "the electric power sector is second from the bottom of all major U.S. industries in terms of R&D spending as a percentage of revenue, exceeding only pulp and paper [Amin2011]." Moreover, U.S. officials worry that cyber-spies could use their [demonstrated] access to shut down the grid or take control of power plants during a time of crisis or war [CIO09, WSJ09].
The transition to a more intelligent grid will be enabled by a variety of technologies that communicate and cooperate with one another. The advantages made by increased information flow will also bring added vulnerabilities. Poor information security could lead to the compromise of privacy, confidentiality, integrity and/or disruption of our critical national infrastructure. The benefits accrued by a more connected/interactive smarter grid can only be realized through energy information infrastructure security.
Protecting and trusting information is not unique to the grid. Indeed, the information security market is worth tens of billions of dollars, almost exclusively in cyber security products and services. Yet, solutions designed for the Internet are often not appropriate for securing the energy grid, which has a different set of priorities and communication needs. Any viable information security solution must address those unique challenges and features.
We will initiate the discussion at CSIIRW about our ORNL Energy Infrastructure Cyber Protection (ENCyP) Initiative. ENCyP is a multidisciplinary strategic program oriented on cyber protection for the most critical and most vulnerable components of Energy Distribution System. The initiative will intensify ORNL's focus on energy and cyber-physical defenses. On this basis we invite your participation to discuss (and publish) novel theoretical and empirical research focused on the many different aspects of ENCyP. We encourage the participation of researchers and practitioners from a wide range of professional disciplines to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the needs, stakes and the evolving context of information security.