CyCon 2021 Call for Papers Now Open

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is pleased to invite the submission of abstracts for the 13th International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon 2021), to be held from 25-28 May 2021 in Tallinn, Estonia. The Call for Papers is open until 4 October 2020.

CyCon 2021’s central theme is Going Viral. It alludes to the implications of human crises (such as the 2020 pandemic) for cybersecurity and cyberspace. At a more abstract level, it aims to encourage discussions on the impact of fast proliferation and high unpredictability in cyberspace. Whether they concern old threats such as malware or new trends affecting cyberspace such as information campaigns, these phenomena have major real-life implications. We need to acknowledge those, study them and strive to use them for our common benefit.

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

For submission details, author guidance and other practical information, please follow the links below:

CyCon 2021 Call for Papers

CyCon 2021 Style Guidance

CyCon 2021 Template

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 thanks to the high-quality original academic research presented at the conference. In 2020, the Academic Review Committee selected 19 articles that were presented at a Virtual Book Launch event and published in the proceedings. Proceedings and recordings of the previous CyCon conferences are available at

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub focusing on research, training and exercises. The international military organisation based in Estonia is a community of currently 25 nations providing a 360-degree look at cyber defence, with expertise in the areas of technology, strategy, operations and law.

In addition to annually hosting CyCon, CCDCOE is home of the Tallinn Manual 2.0, the most comprehensive guide on how International Law applies to cyber operations. The Centre also organises the world’s largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise Locked Shields and an annual cyber-kinetic exercise Crossed Swords.


Photo from CyCon 2019 by Kristi Sits