ARES Conference: Call for Papers in the International Workshop on Security and Privacy for SMEs

  • March 22, 2021
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The International Workshop on Security and Privacy for SMEs (SME-SP 2021) is held in conjunction with the 16th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security – ARES 2021, between August 17 – August 20, 2021.

The SME-SP workshop aims to assess SMEs&MEs’ risks, vulnerabilities or exposure to attacks holistically and improve their capabilities to reduce and efficiently manage issues arising from cybersecurity and data protection aspects. Each SME&ME has very limited knowledge of its own security, privacy, and data protection vulnerabilities. Knowledge and understanding of the risks of similar SMEs&MEs or the entire community and the preparedness for addressing these risks are currently low.

This lack implies an ambiguity of the SMEs&MEs to understand their safety in relation to cyber threats, i.e., whether there is any need for action, and what it should do to avoid or mitigate risks.

The SME-SP Workshop aspires to bring together academics, CERTs, and industrials, including owners of SMEs&MEs to discuss ideas, approaches, models, and tools to help SME&MEs in Europe to manage their cyber-risks considering their specificities, scale, and business-related constraints.

Topics of interest include, but not limited to:

  • Continuous risk management.
  • Smart vulnerability scanning and threat identification.
  • Advanced Intrusion and Prevention Detection techniques.
  • Smart testing techniques for cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Advanced monitoring techniques for cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Root cause analysis and reaction strategies.
  • ML/AI-based SIEM.
  • ML/AI-based cybersecurity.
  • Honeypots and darknets.
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence.
  • Blockchain-based cybersecurity and privacy techniques.
  • Correlation between physical and cyberthreats.
  • Training, cyber ranges exercises, raising awareness approaches and tools for SMEs&MEs.
  • Semi-/fully automatic mitigation and reaction.
  • Resilience techniques.
  • Cost and impact of countermeasures.
  • Prevention and protection in distributed systems and networks.
  • Prevention and protection in edge and mobile systems.
  • Innovative cybersecurity methods for cloud, edge, fog, IoT, CPS, 4G/5G, and SDN/NFV environments.
  • Mobile security/privacy policies.
  • Mobile protocols and protocol security.
  • Securing private data on mobile devices or smartphones.
  • Managing BYOD in SMEs.
  • Human factors in security and privacy
  • Usable security and privacy
  • Security and privacy awareness
  • Security communication and behaviour.
  • Cybersecurity culture in SMEs&MEs.

Important dates:

  • Submission Deadline April 30th, 2021
  • Author Notification May 24th, 2021
  • Proceedings Version June 13, 2021
  • ARES EU Symposium August 17, 2021
  • All-Digital Conference August 17 – August 20, 2021

Submission Guidelines:

The submission guidelines valid for the workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found at



Validation Contracts of €10.000 for 10 highest ranked SMEs&MES and 5 highest ranked Cybersecurity Vendors.