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Event Review: Cyber Science 2019, 3-4th June 2019

Cyber Science is the flagship conference of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration (C-MRiC), a multidisciplinary platform focusing on pioneering research and innovation in Cyber Situational Awareness, Social Media, Cyber Security and Cyber Incident Response. It is an IEEE technically co-sponsored conference.

Cyber Science aims to encourage participation and promotion of collaborative scientific, industrial and academic inter-workings among individual researchers, practitioners, members of existing associations, academia, standardisation bodies, and government departments and agencies. The purpose is to build bridges between academia and industry, and to encourage interplay of different cultures. Cyber Science invites researchers and industry practitioners to submit papers that encompass principles, analysis, design, methods and applications. It is an annual conference with the aim that it will be held in the future at various cities in different countries.

Cyber Science as a multidisciplinary and co-located event is gradually becoming a mainstream and notable conference, first, for its quality, second, for its uniqueness, and finally, for its structure, contributions and originality; something existing mainstream conferences do not normally possess. A testament to the significant interest Cyber Science has thus so far gained.

In 2015, the first Cyber Science conference was held on June 8-9, 2015, at the Hotel Russell in Central London, UK. The conference was opened by the IEEE UK and Ireland Computer Society Chair, Professor Frank Wang, and featured 4 keynote speakers from academia, government and industry.

In 2016, the second episode of the Cyber Science conference was held on June 13-14, 2016, at the Holiday Inn in Mayfair London, London, UK. The conference was opened by the then Chair, IEEE UK and Ireland, Professor Ali Hessami, and featured six keynote speakers from academia, government and industry.

In 2017, the third episode of the Cyber Science conference, in partnership with Abertay University, was held on June 19-20, 2017, at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London, UK. The conference was opended by the Secretary, IEEE UK and Ireland, Dr Cyril Onwubiko, and featured eight keynote speakers from academia, government and industry.

In 2018, the fourth episode of the Cyber Science conference, in partnership with Abertay University and University of Oxford, was held on June 11-12, 2018 at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland. The conference was opended by the Minister for Public Health, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Member of the Scottish Parliament, Mr Michael Matheson, MSP, and featured six keynote speakers from academia, government and industry. At the conference, a Workshop organised by the Computer Science Department, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, on Cyber Insurance and Risk Controls (CIRC 2018) was co-located with the CyberSA 2018 conference.

This year’s conference is the fifth episode of the Cyber Science event, organised in partnership with the University of Oxford, University of Derby and SINTEF Digital, Norway, was held on June 3-4, 2019 at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. At the conference, a Workshop organised by the Computer Science Department on Cyber Insurance and Risk Controls (CIRC 2019) was co-located with the CyberSA 2019 conference, while a Workshop organised by SINTEF Digital on Secure Software Engineering in DevOps and Agile Development (SecSE 2019) was co-located with the Cyber Security 2019 conference.

This Cyber Science 2019 conference proceedings is a collection of notable, topical and emerging contributions from researchers, practitioners and academics who submitted their papers to the four distinguished multidisciplinary and co-located conferences – CyberSA 2019, Social Media 2019, cyber Security 2019 and Cyber Incident 2019, and in addition to papers received for the CIRC 2019 and SecSE 2019 workshops.

We received submissions from far and wide, from over 40 different countries. Following quality peer reviews, a total of 64 articles (i.e. 50 full papers, 7 extended abstracts and 7 posters) were accepted covering Social Media, IoT, Workload, Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology, CERTs, Machine Learning, Adaptive Cyber Defence, Ransomware, Cyber Security, Digital Protection, Web Analytics, Malware Economics and Advanced Ransomware Detection, Cyber Incident Response, Threat Intelligence, Crypto, Visualization, Game Theory, Adaptive Security, Policy, Legal, Compliance, Cyber Insurance, Measurement and Metrics, Social Media, Health Informatics and Social Media Analytics.

The Cyber Science 2019 conference was opened by the Chair, IEEE United Kingdom & Ireland, Professor Mike Hinchey, and notable experts and keynote speakers from industry, academia and government who spoke at the 2-day event are:

  • Professor Sadie Creese – Professor of Cybersecurity, University of Oxford, UK
  • Jean-Jacques Sahel – Managing Director, ICANN, Europe
  • Professor Awais Rashid – Professor of Cyber Security, University of Bristol, UK
  • Dr Aunshul Rege – Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University, USA
  • Simon Wilson – CTO, UK & Ireland for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
  • John Crain – Chief Security, Stability & Resiliency Office, ICANN, USA
  • Chrissy Morgan – Security Researcher, Cyber Security Challenge UK Team
  • Ros Smith – Senior Product Manager, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

These internationally recognised domain experts in Cyber Situational Awareness, Cyber Security, Cyber Incident Response and Government Security spoke on a vast array of timely, topical and emerging topics including:

  • Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK)
  • Cyber Situational Assessment, Cyber Security Operations Centres, Cybercrime and Threat Intelligence
  • Policing, Cybercrime, Organised Criminals, Cyber Incident Response and Preparedness in the face of Nation State Sponsored Cyber Attacks
  • Advanced Techniques for mitigating Enterprise-scale Cyber Attacks, including novel Machine Learning Algorithms for understanding behavioural and psychological cues for Cyber Situational Awareness
  • Cyber-Value-at-Risk, Residual Risk and models for Systemic Cyber-Risk
  • Case studies on the application and the transformational challenge of Identity and Access Management (IAM) at the BBC

Thanks go to the Organisers, Programme Committee Members and the other Conference Reviewers for graciously contributing their time, assuring a scholarly fair and rigorous review process. Thanks also go to the IEEE UK and Ireland Computer Society Chair, Professor Frank Wang for accepting to become the Technical Co-Sponsor (TCS) of the Cyber Science 2019 joint conferences, to Dr Arnau Erola for facilitating and Professor Sadie Creese for her part in establishing our partnership and hosting the event at the Department of Computer Science.  Thanks also go to Sarolta Mohaine Palfi, Industrial Research Partnerships Manager at the University of Oxford, for her efforts and time in promoting this event, without her last-minute efforts this event wouldn’t have been widely accessible!

Thanks to the sponsors:

  • Platinum Sponsor – Aruba, HPE (https://www.arubanetworks.com)
  • Gold Sponsor – Secudit (https://secudit.com/)
  • Research Series Limited
  • IEEE Young Professionals (IEEE YP)
  • Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP)
  • University of Oxford Cyber Security Group (Cyber Security Oxford)
  • Grayfield Solicitors
  • Aceobjects

Special thanks to Professor Fatih Kurugollu and Dr Virginia N. L. Franqueira of the University of Derby, UK for their friendship, support, time and effort in contributing to and co-organising the 2019 Cyber Science conference.

Final thanks to the authors of papers and the delegates present at the event; there would be no conference without you!

Cyril Onwubiko, BSc, MSc, PhD
Secretary – IEEE UK & Ireland
Chair – IEEE UK & Ireland Blockchain Group
Chair – Cyber Science 2019 Steering Committee