Panel by CRE Workshop

Achieving Defensive Asymmetrical Advantage via Technical,
   Policy, and Organizational Means

   Dr. Paul Nielsen, Director, CMU/SEI
   Mr. Bob Cowles, former CISO, SLAC Accelerator National lab
   Dr. George Sharkov, Coordinator, Cybersecurity for the Bulgarian Government
   Dr. Rolf Reinema, Head, IT-Security, Siemens  [more...]

Cyber economics drives many of the decisions related to cybersecurity by both the defenders and attackers. It determines on the defensive side the technologies and procedures implemented to prevent and respond to cyber-attacks. On the offensive side, it not only determines the type of attack but also the effort expended to ensure its success. In short, it determines the asymmetric balance between the attackers and defenders. The Cyber Resilience Economics workshop will explore effects of cyber economics on this asymmetric balance and examine approaches to shifting adversaries’ current advantage in cyber conflicts in favor of defenders. It will bring together a diverse group of experts to advance the concepts and application of cyber economics as related to asymmetric advantage and cyber resiliency. This includes foundational and applied advances in economics, its effects on asymmetry and resiliency driving the essential system requirements for cyber systems including traditional IT, cloud platforms, cyber-physical systems, and critical infrastructure. This will serve to accelerate the recognition, adoption and application of cyber security resilience within industry, government and academia by addressing the key concerns of how these techniques and technologies can be realized within the practical constraints of cost, risk, and benefit.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Foundations of asymmetric cyber advantage
  • Defining practical cyber resiliency
  • Technical & architectural approaches to gaining asymmetric advantage
  • Metrics, measures, and economics of cyber resiliency & asymmetry
  • Optimal balance between resiliency and security
  • Adversary economics: assessing the value of impacting the attacker
  • Frameworks for ROI analysis (cost, risk, benefit) to guide technology investment (research, development, and utilization)
  • Integrated analyses of cyber resiliency & asymmetry with co-dependent infrastructures (e.g., power)
  • Cyber resiliency related tools that are guided by economic factors for defender and/or adversary
  • Use cases or case studies for defender and/or adversary that include economic factors


At least one author of each accepted paper (including panelists’ position statements) must register with the full fee and present at the workshop in order for the paper to be included in the QRS 2016 Supplemental Proceedings. Papers will also be submitted to the IEEE Xplore database and indexed by all the abstracting and indexing partners (such as the EI Compendex).

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Best Paper Award

At least one award will be presented. Authors will receive a certificate signed by the President of the IEEE Reliability Society and the Organizers of CRE 2016.

Panelists Solicitation (TBA)

Important Dates

    April 29, 2016 (Extended)       Submission deadline
    May 25, 2016       Notification to authors
    June 10, 2016       Camera-ready copies
    August 1-3, 2016       Workshop


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers as well as industrial practice papers. Simultaneous submissions to other publications and conferences are not permitted. Detailed instructions for electronic paper submission, panel proposals and review process can be found at

The length of a camera ready paper will be limited to eight pages, including the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of each author, a 150-word abstract, and up to 6 keywords.

Authors must follow the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines to prepare papers. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper is required to pay full registration fee and present the paper at the workshop. Arrangements are being made to publish selected accepted papers in reputable journals. The submissions must be in PDF and uploaded to the conference submission site.

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Program Chairs

Nick Multari Pacific Northwest National Laboratory USA
Jeffrey Picciotto MITRE Corp USA

Steering Committee

Deborah J. Bodeau MITRE Corp USA
Richard Graubart MITRE Corp USA
David Manz Pacific Northwest National Laboratory USA
Rosalie McQuaid MITRE Corp USA
Tyler Moore University of Tulsa USA
Christopher Oehmen Pacific Northwest National Laboratory USA
Pradeep Ramuhalli Pacific Northwest National Laboratory USA

Program Committee

Ehab Al-ShaerUniversity of North Carolina CharlotteUSA
Yair AmirJohn Hopkins UniversityUSA
Marco CarvalhoFlorida Institute of TechnologyUSA
Rich ColbaughPerianderUSA
Dipankar DasguptaUniversity of MemphisUSA
Jim DavisIowa State UniversityUSA
Arlette HartFBIUSA
Craig JacksonIndiana UniversityUSA
Doug JacobsonIowa State UniversityUSA
Gail KaiserColumbia UniversityUSA
Phil KoopmanCarnegie Mellon UniversityUSA
Julie LefebvreDefense Research and Development, CanadaCanada
Rosalie McQuaidMITRE CorpUSA
Nader MehravariCornell UniversityUSA
Tyler MooreUniversity of TulsaUSA
Nick MultariPacific Northwest National LaboratoryUSA
Chris OehmenPacific Northwest National LaboratoryUSA
Jeffrey PicciottoMITRE CorpUSA
Indrajit RayColorado State UniversityUSA
Craig RiegerIdaho National LaboratoryUSA
Reginald SawillaNATO, Communication and Information AgencyNATO
Nabil SchearMIT Lincoln LabsUSA
Laura TinnelSRIUSA

Web Masters

Shou-Yu Lee University of Texas at Dallas USA
Xuelin Li University of Texas at Dallas USA

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Workshop Venue

CRE 2016 will be held in conjunction with QRS 2016 at Vienna, Austria. Please visit the QRS 16 website for further information.

General Inquiries

For more detailed and updated information, please contact Dr. Nick Multari at or Mr. Jeffrey Picciotto at

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