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CRST 2021 : 2021 IEEE CSR Workshop on Cyber Ranges and Security Training (CRST)


When Jul 26, 2021 - Jul 26, 2021
Where Virtual
Submission Deadline Apr 19, 2021
Notification Due May 3, 2021
Final Version Due May 10, 2021
Categories    cyber security   cybersecurity   trainings   workshop

Call For Papers

Cyber-attacks are increasing in both sophistication and scale, revealing the extent at which critical infrastructures and other information and communication systems are exposed. More highly skilled cyber security professionals are needed with a deep understanding of cyber-security to deal with the fast growing number of cyber-threats. Cyber-security education and training are becoming more and more relevant as it is the only way in which such incidents can be prevented and handled adequately. A cyber-range (CR) is the environment in which cyber-security experts and professionals can practice technical and soft skills and be trained —in an isolated virtual environment emulating large-scale complex networks— on how to respond to cyber-attack scenarios within various domains. The more realistic the simulated scenarios, the more prepared the trainees will be to face real-world attacks.

The cyber-space offered by the CR infrastructure recreates the experience of responding to a cyber-attack, by replicating a security operations center environment, an organization’s network and the attack itself. CRs are considered to be the key towards strengthening the robustness and security of critical infrastructures; therefore, it is important that they provide a realistic, diverse, and dynamic simulation environment so as to properly prepare trainees for preventing and responding to all incidents of cyber-attacks. This is an area in which further advancements should be made: the generated scenarios are tightly coupled with the domain being modelled, often not easily modifiable to accommodate changes in an organization’s infrastructure or software and likewise not easily extendable to acquire knowledge regarding newly discovered vulnerabilities, threats and attackers’ tactics, techniques, and procedures. In the era of IoT, these limitations do not allow easy prevention, detection, and mitigation of hybrid attacks spanning many different domains.

This workshop focuses on both research and practical aspects of cyber ranges and aims at addressing the main challenges involved in their development and use in professional cyber security training, as well as in exploring the use of emerging technologies. Aligned with the interdisciplinary nature of cyber security, authors from academia, industry, and government are welcome to contribute.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit previously unpublished contributions from a broad range of topics, which include but are not limited to the following:
- Cyber range integration and federation
- Emulation and simulation techniques (exercises, architecture, etc.)
- Hybrid system integration
- Emerging technologies in cyber ranges
- Econometric models in cyber security training
- Risk assessment frameworks for training
- Trainee evaluation and situational awareness
- Learning methods in cyber security training certifications
- Serious gaming and visualization
- Cyber-exercises and strategic decision making

Paper submission deadline: April 19, 2021
Authors’ notification: May 3, 2021
Camera-ready submission: May 10, 2021
Early registration deadline: May 31, 2021
Workshop date: July 26, 2021

The workshop’s proceedings will be published by IEEE and will be included in IEEE Xplore. The guidelines for authors, manuscript preparation guidelines, and policies of the IEEE CSR conference are applicable to CRST 2021 workshop. Please visit the authors’ instructions ( page for more details. When submitting your manuscript via the conference management system (, please make sure that the workshop’s track 2T2 CRST is selected in the Topic Areas drop down list.

Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 6 pages (plus 2 extra pages, being subject to overlength page charges) and should be of sufficient detail to be evaluated by expert reviewers in the field. The workshop’s proceedings will be published by IEEE and will be included in IEEE Xplore. Detailed information about the paper submission and guidelines to authors can be found at the workshop’s website

Xavier Bellekens
Neofytos Gerosavva
Angelos Amditis


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