FINSEC 2019 | 1st International Workshop on Security for Critical Financial Infrastructures and Services

FINSEC 2019 | 1st International Workshop on Security for Critical Financial Infrastructures and Services


FINSEC’19 is the first international workshop dedicated to cyber-physical security in the financial critical infrastructures. Financial infrastructures run the core of the modern economies and manage every day a vast amount of virtual and physical money and assets. Security incidents in the financial critical infrastructure lead directly to significant economic damages for individuals and companies as well, while decreasing trust in financial institutions and questioning their social value. On the other hand, financial infrastructures and services are more critical, sophisticated and interconnected than ever before, which makes them increasingly vulnerable to security attacks, as confirmed by the steady rise of cyber-security incidents, such as phishing or ransomware attacks, but also cyber-physical incidents, such as physical violation of devices or facilities.

In order to address these challenges, the FINSEC workshop has the objective of bringing together researchers and practitioners from the cyber-(physical) security and the financial domain, to rethink cyber-security in the light of latest technology developments (e.g., FinTech, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, BigData, AI, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Mobile-first services, Mobile payments).

Specifically, value will be given to contributions capable to foster new, intelligent, collaborative and more dynamic approaches to detect, prevent and mitigate security incidents, such as (i) intelligent monitoring and data collection of security-related information; (ii) predictive analytics over the collected data based on AI-based (i.e. deep learning mechanisms) that enable the identification of complex attack patterns; (iii) triggering of preventive and mitigation measures in advance of the occurrence of the attack; (iv) allowing all stakeholders to collaborate in vulnerability assessment, risk analysis, threat identification, threat mitigation, and compliance.

The workshop will provide a forum for dissemination, demonstration, and discussion of original scientific and experimental results of security of financial infrastructures and services. FINSEC 2019 invites submissions that present innovative ideas, proof of concepts, use cases, and results from a variety of topics relevant to the security of financial infrastructures and services.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • AI, deep learning for predictive security of Financial Infrastructures
  • Integrated (cyber & physical) security
  • Collaborative risk assessment/mitigation in the financial supply chain
  • Confronting complex threats and their cascading effects
  • Adaptive Anomaly Detection
  • Blockchain solutions for Cyber and Data Security of Financial Infrastructures
  • Risk Assessment and management,
  • Identification, assessment, and mitigation of cyber-physical threats
  • Automated Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing services
  • Privacy-preserving data collection and analytics
  • Dynamic Security knowledge base
  • Measuring Security Levels in Financial Infrastructures
  • Adaptive security-related data collection
  • Security for Mobile Financial Services
  • AI CCTV Analytics
  • Security compliance services

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: 28.06.2019
  • Notification to authors: 28.07.2019
  • Camera-ready versions: 20.08.2019


Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that have been simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Submissions should be at most 16 pages long (full paper), or 8 pages (short paper) including the bibliography and appendices, and should follow the LNCS style ( Submissions are to be made to the submission web site ( in pdf format. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register and present their work at the workshop; otherwise, the paper will not be included in the proceedings. Pre-proceedings will be made available at the workshop. Accepted conference papers are planned to be published by Springer in the LNCS collection.

Workshop organizers


Habtamu Abie, Norwegian Computing Center, Norway Silvio Ranise, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Italy


Luca Verderame, University of Genova, Italy Alberto Siena, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Italy Enrico Cambiaso, National Research Council (CNR), Italy PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Dieter Gollmann, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany Sokratis Katsikas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Javier Lopez, University of Malaga, Spain Fabio Martinelli, IIT-CNR, Italy Einar Arthur Snekkenes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Omri Soceanu, IBM Research, Israel Stamatis Karnouskos, SAP Research, Germany Dimitrios Tzovaras, Information Technologies Institute, Greece Reijo Savola, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland Alessandro Armando, University of Genoa, Italy Alessio Merlo, University of Genoa, Italy Cristina Alcaraz, University of Malaga, Spain Giovanni Livraga, University of Milan, Italy Gustavo Gonzalez-Granadillo, Atos Spain, Spain Stefan Poslad, Queen Mary University of London, UK Shouhuai Xu, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA Christos Xenakis, University of Piraeus, Greece Mauro Conti, University of Padua, Italy