GameSec 2020: Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 10:30am to Friday, October 30, 2020 - 2:00pm
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  • Virtual Conference
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You are invited to participate—free of charge—in all or part of the 2020 Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security.

GameSec 2020 is being hosted online by the University of Maryland and runs the entire week of October 26-30, 2020. Each day’s proceeding are scheduled from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm EST. You can View the Full Program here.

Registration is free.   Please REGISTER Here to receive the Zoom link to the webinar proceedings.

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer as part of the LNCS series. This is the second time the University of Maryland is hosting this prestigious conference; the first time was in 2011. Distinguished University Professor John Baras and his former student, Professor Radha Poovendran of the University of Washington, are the general chairs of the conference.

About GameSec 2020:   Cybersecurity is a major challenge of today’s connected world as we are becoming increasingly connected by the recent advances in information and communication technologies. This challenge is exacerbated by the ubiquitous digitalization is affecting every aspect of society, life and work. Traditional ways to address network security issues rely on cryptography, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems. As attackers are becoming more and more sophisticated, these solutions are not sufficient to guarantee the security of the network. There is an inevitable need to shift to a new security paradigm where security solutions take into account the strategic behaviors and the constraints on the attack-and-defense resources. We need to understand the fundamental tradeoffs in the design of secure systems instead of hoping for a panacea that can be effective in all security scenarios.  Game theory is a mathematical science that studies strategic interaction among rational decision-makers. It can naturally capture the competitive and strategic behaviors between an attacker and a defender, and a promising baseline framework for the analysis and design of system security. In the past years, we have witnessed the success of applications of game theory to multiple security domains, including wireless community, cloud computing, industrial control systems, Internet of Things, and national homeland security. This year’s GameSec conference is a continuing celebration of this success.

Due to COVID19, this conference is the first virtual conference since GameSec was inaugurated in 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The previous conferences were held in College Park (Maryland, USA, 2011), Budapest (Hungary, 2012), Fort Worth (Texas, USA, 2013), Los Angeles (USA, 2014), London (UK, 2015), New York (USA, 2016), Vienna (Austria, 2017), and Seattle (Washington, USA, 2018). For the past 11 years, GameSec has been widely recognized as a prominent venue for interdisciplinary research in security and privacy.

The conference program this year includes 21 full paper presentations and 2 short papers. We have seen the applications of game theory to security issues in cyber-physical systems, computer networks, and machine learning. One special session of this conference is on the confluences between machine learning and game theory for cybersecurity. The presented papers not only explore new attack mechanisms but also aim to develop defense solutions to deter and mitigate the attacks. Another session of this conference is on the theoretical foundations of security games. Presentations in this session discuss new modeling frameworks, analytical methods, and algorithmic solutions that bridge cognitive science, decision and control theory, data science, and network science to solidify the foundations of security games.

An additional special feature of this year’s program for GameSec are several invited papers and presentations. The purpose of these invited lectures is to provide to the GameSec participants a broader and richer set of problems and challenges, where interdisciplinary research involving security, trust, privacy and various forms of game theory holds great promise.

Thanks to the support of the National Science Foundation, New York University, and the University of Maryland, we are able to make this conference this year completely free of charge, allowing students and researchers from all over the world to participate in the discussions of research. We sincerely hope that this conference will continue to bridge between theory and practice and offer useful resources for cybersecurity practitioners and researchers.

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