The 1st International Conference on the Design of Cyber-Secure Water Plants (DCS-Water’24) is a 2-day event  aimed at bringing together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners to present and discuss novel methods and tools for protecting water plants against cyberattacks.

Numerous water and waste-water treatment plants produce water critical to the sustenance of our daily life. Plants that produce clean water, and the associated distribution networks,  often use Industrial Control Systems (ICS). Such systems include, among others devices,  PLCs, sensors, and communication networks to control the treatment plant and the distribution networks. Vulnerabilities in the ICS design, PLC software, communication network, and, most importantly, the existence of the human element, lead to the potential of successful cyberattacks. Such attacks could impact the operation of the water pants in various ways, such as, for example, component damage, production of poor-quality water, and supply interruption. Novel methods are needed to defend water plants against such cyberattacks.

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Conference updates

  • [6 Mar 24] Notification date has been changed to 11 Mar 2024. 
  • [30 Jan 24] Paper Submission has been extended to 06 Feb 2024, 23:59, GMT +8.
  • [8 Jan 24] Selected papers from DCS’24 will be nominated for publication in a special issue of the open access journal Water (ISSN 2073-4441, IF 3.4)
  • [22 Dec 23] Request for visa letter of invitation can be found here
  • [18 Dec 23] Registration and sponsorship payment can be accessed here
  • [20 Oct 23] Open for paper submission here
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