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Keynote Lecture & Plenary 2

Thursday, 7 October 2021 | 09:00 - 10:30 | Room Athena [Main Auditorium]


Cyber-physical systems for smart cities: cybersecurity and privacy challenges of the digital government

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) are smart systems that include engineered interacting networks of physical and computational components. They integrate computation, communication, sensing, and actuation with physical systems to fulfill time-sensitive functions with varying degrees of interaction with the environment, including human interaction. This technological evolution is expected to bring tremendous benefits for government, the society, and the economy, including improved productivity and efficiency, better flexibility and agility, and increased profitability. However, it also comes with increased cyber security and privacy risks, primarily deriving from the integration of the physical space with cyberspace. Thus, as in all cases of a major shift in computing paradigms, a number of cyber security and privacy challenges arise, that cannot be addressed by simply porting solutions from other domains, such as for example the domain of Information and Communication Technologies. In this talk an overview of such challenges, current practices for addressing them, as well as areas open for research in the field will be provided.


Keynote Speaker

Sokratis K. Katsikas

Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Sokratis K. Katsikas was born in Athens, Greece, in 1960. He received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece in 1982, the M.Sc. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA, in 1984 and the Ph.D. in Computer Engineering & Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece in 1987. In 2019 he has awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Dept. of Production and Management Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

He is the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors and Professor with the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Among others, he has been the Rector of the Open University of Cyprus; Rector and Vice Rector of the University of the Aegean, Greece; General Secretary of Telecommunications and Posts of the Hellenic Government;and member of the Board of the Hellenic Authority for the Security and Privacy of Communications. His research interests lie in the area of information and communication systems security.


Judy Backhouse
United Nations University (UNU-EGOV)


Costas Lambrinoudakis
University of Piraeus
Marijn Janssen
Delft University of Technology