CyCon 2019 Call for Papers Is Now Closed

Call for Papers

The International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon, is entering its second decade. Throughout the years, CyCon has established itself as a prominent multidisciplinary conference, introducing keynotes and panels focusing on the technical, legal, policy, strategy and military perspectives of cyber defence and security. This is undoubtedly thanks to the amount of high-quality original academic research presented at the conference. In 2018, the Academic Review Committee selected 22 articles that were presented at the conference and published in the proceedings.

The theme for CyCon 2019 is ‘Silent Battle’. Experts from different disciplines can imagine varied topics based on this theme: a techie will think of vulnerabilities, exploits and patches; a policy advisor, of detection and attribution; a lawyer, of responsibility; and military, of situational awareness. CyCon 2019 will rely on your contribution. The theme is chosen to inspire you, not restrict you.


Important Dates

Abstract submission
1 Oct. 2018

Notification of abstract acceptance 
30 Oct. 2018

Full paper 
7 Jan. 2019

Author notification 
11 Feb. 2019

Final paper 
11 Mar. 2019
Contact address
[email protected]


Submissions can address aspects such as:

Cyberspace governance
Norms and standards to enhance security in cyberspace
The role of international organisations, states and non-state actors in cyber security
The new generation of national cyber security strategies
The changing role of states in cyberspace
Cross-border dependencies, trans-border access to data
The nature of current and future cyber attacks
Cyber capabilities, forces and weapons
State-sponsored operations in cyberspace (incl. APTs and proxy actors)
Military doctrine development, cyberspace as a domain of warfare
Offence, defence and deterrence in cyberspace; active/responsive cyber defence
Autonomous cyber weapon systems
Cyber terrorism
The evolution of the Internet of Things and its implications
Vulnerability disclosure
Cyber-physical systems security
Critical infrastructure protection (incl. data diode, IDS, industrial protocols and smart grids)
Malware and botnets
Hardware and software vulnerability mitigation
Blockchain, smart contracts and DApps
Big data, cloud and mobile computing security
Artificial intelligence and cognitive cyber security (incl. data mining and machine learning)
Cyber threat intelligence
Situational awareness and security metrics (incl. security visualization)
Attribution and digital forensics
Digital trust and authentication
Quantum computing and other emerging technologies

Legal aspects of cyber operations and other cyber activities relating to:

  • international humanitarian law
  • sovereignty
  • principle of non-intervention
  • espionage
  • attribution
  • international responsibility of states
  • due diligence
  • human rights (in particular the right to privacy, the right to freedom of expression, the right to protection of personal data)
  • emergence of legal norms
  • grey zones in international, national and EU law.



Authors are asked to submit an abstract of the planned paper, which should describe the topic and set out the main aspects and structure of the study (200 - 300 words). After a preliminary review and the acceptance of the abstract, the respective authors will be requested to submit original and unpublished papers (up to 6000 words, incl. footnotes and references), meeting high academic research standards. Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review.

The abstracts and manuscripts must be uploaded electronically to after creating an account.

Authors of papers accepted for publishing in the conference proceedings are requested to make a corresponding presentation at the conference. Speakers will be offered travel (booked by NATO CCD COE) and accommodation for the duration of the conference, as well as social events in Tallinn.


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