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Modern society heavily relies on large, heterogeneous and complex software-intensive systems to support all kind of daily activities. Industrial plants have opened their production and operation to the Internet allowing their facilities to be remote controlled for the sake of an easier, quick handling. However, now those industrial plants are also exposed to both accidental and malicious threats. As the complexity of these systems and the strength of attack increase, cascading failures can interrupt the production of the system for several hours or days. In worst cases, the service discontinuity may lead to serious problems, from severe financial losses to fatalities or injuries.
In industrial system, survivability cannot be seen just as an add-on value, but rather than as a prime goal: system designers and assessors must include survivability evaluations to measure how these disruptions are handled and quantify the impact suffered by the industrial control system under stress. Classical safety, security, availability and performability evaluations, traditionally carried on separately, should now be conducted together. Survivability assessments are normally performed using analytical or simulation-based techniques, often addressing one single aspect at a time rather than studying the system in a holistic manner.
This workshop aims at providing a forum for people from academia and industry to communicate their latest results on theoretical advances, industrial case studies, practical scenarios, and lessons learned in the design and the assurance of the survivability aspects of industrial control systems.
The workshop is technically sponsored by the Technical Committee on Homeland Security of IEEE SMC (Systems, Man & Cybernetics) society.