PCSCP 2018

International Workshop on Physical and Cyber Security in Port Infrastructures (PCSCP 2018)

to be held in conjunction with the 13 th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2018 – http://www.ares-conference.eu)

August 27 – August 30, 2018, Hamburg, Germany


SAURON (H2020) https://www.sauronproject.eu/

Nowadays, coordinated and every time more complex terrorist attacks are shocking the world. Due to the progressive dependency of the industrial sector and many critical infrastructures, particularly EU port infrastructures, on ICT systems, the impact of a coordinated physical attack, a deliberate disruption of critical automation systems or even a combined scenario could have disastrous consequences for the European Member States’ regions and social wellbeing in general.

In this context, the SAURON project proposes to ensure an adequate level of protection and resilience for EU ports against physical and cyber threats, as well as combinations of both. The vision of SAURON is to provide a multidimensional yet installation-specific situational awareness platform to help port operators anticipate and withstand potential cyber, physical or combined security threats to their freight and cargo business, and to the safety of their employees, visitors, passengers and citizens in the vicinity. Therefore, a Hybrid Situation Awareness application capable of determining the potential consequences of any threat will show the potential cascading effects of a detected threat in the two different domains (physical and cyber).


In the European Union (EU) ports play a vital role facilitating 90% of EU’s external trade and 43% of all the internal market exchanges. Ports are key facilitators in international trade and logistics, and they play a unique role in global supply chain activities. In addition, according to Eurostat figures, the maritime sector is critical for European society. Recent statistics show that maritime transport carried a 52% of the goods transported in 2013 within Europe, representing an increase of a 7% in the last decade.

With the current digitalization trend in the maritime sector, the fusion of the physical and the cyber space becomes more prominent. An increasing number of cyber-physical systems are introduced into port infrastructures, opening up new threat vectors and making the port vulnerable to attacks from the cyber domain. Thus, a holistic view on port infrastructures becomes more important to identify potential threats from the physical and the cyber domain, to analyze and assess the risk such threats impose on the port itself but also on the population in the vicinity of the port as well as to determine possible mitigation strategies to counter these threats. Hence, this workshop aims at bringing together security experts from different fields and discuss about novel concepts and approaches to tackle current issues in the protection of port infrastructures.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Physical & Cyber Threats in Port Infrastructures
  • Security Aspects of Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Concepts and Solutions for Physical & Cyber Situational Awareness
  • Hybrid Situational Awareness
  • Emergency Population Warning Systems
  • Legislative Aspects for Port Infrastructures under GDPR and the NIS Directive
Program Chair/ Workshop Chair

(in alphabetical order)

Federico Carvajal
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Richard Chisnall

Rafa Company
Fundación Valenciaport

Stefan Schauer
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Program Committee