The 2nd Experimental Security
Panoramas (ESP) for Critical System
Protection Workshop
August 14, 2012
Sponsored by INL Cyber Security Research, Experimental Security, and ICIS groups

In Association with ISRCS, August 14-16, 2012
Chairs Miles McQueen (Idaho National Laboratory),
Annarita Giani (Los Alamos National Laboratory),
Eugene Santos Jr. (Dartmouth)


In general, scientific experimentation refers to the iterative process of observation, hypothesis formation, test and measurement, followed by assessment. Experiments may be executed in tightly controlled settings such as an experimental network in a laboratory, consist of observational studies of a phenomena in the naturally occurring eco system e.g. the 2003 Northeast blackout, or initially consist of simulations. The ESP for Critical System Protection workshop will focus on all forms of experimentation which relate to critical system security for protecting, detecting, and responding to cyber attacks. For example, experimental studies of interest would include these and many other topics:

ESP Workshop Format

The second ESP for Critical System Protection workshop will be held on the first day of the ISRCS symposium and will consist of a set of invited "experimentation focused" presentations related to critical system protection, detection, and response to cyber attacks. This will be followed by open discussion. Each presentation will emphasize the experimental aspect of the security research, explicitly discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the chosen approach, and discuss potential improvements. The breadth of cyber security experimentation will be explored with some focus on defining the needs and possibilities for improvement in the use of experiments in aiding protection of our nation's critical systems from cyber attack. At the end of the workshop the need, focus, and form of the 3rd ESP workshop will be drafted. The workshop will provide lunch for all participants.

ESP-CSP List of Sessions and Talks