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WTMC 2020 : 5th International Workshop on Traffic Measurements for Cybersecurity

Genova, Italy
Event Date: Jun 15, 2020 - Jun 15, 2020
Submission Deadline: Feb 29, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: Apr 10, 2020
Camera Ready Version Due : Apr 24, 2020


Current communication networks are increasingly becoming pervasive, complex, and ever-evolving due to factors like enormous growth in the number of network users, continuous appearance of network applications, increasing amount of data transferred, and diversity of user behaviors. Understanding and measuring traffic in such networks is a difficult yet vital task for network management but recently also for cybersecurity purposes. Network traffic measuring and monitoring can, for example, enable the analysis of the spreading of malicious software and its capabilities or can help to understand the nature of various network threats including those that exploit users’ behavior and other user’s sensitive information. On the other hand network traffic investigation can also help to assess the effectiveness of the existing countermeasures or contribute to building new, better ones. Recently, traffic measurements have been utilized in the area of economics of cybersecurity e.g. to assess ISP “badness” or to estimate the revenue of cyber criminals. 

The aim of this workshop is to bring together the research accomplishments provided by the researchers from academia and the industry. The other goal is to show the latest research results in the field of cybersecurity and understand how traffic measurements can influence it. We encourage prospective authors to submit related distinguished research papers on the subject of both: theoretical approaches and practical case reviews. This workshop presents some of the most relevant ongoing research in cybersecurity seen from the traffic measurements perspective. 

The workshop will be accessible to both non-experts interested in learning about this area and experts interesting in hearing about new research and approaches.

Call For Paper

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Measurements for network incidents response, investigation and evidence handling
  • Measurements of cyber attacks (e.g. DDoS, botnet, malware and phishing campaigns)
  • Measurements for security of web-based applications and services (e.g. social networking)
  • Measurements for network anomalies detection
  • Measurements for economics of cybersecurity and privacy
  • Measurements of security and privacy for the Internet of Things
  • Measurements of Internet censorship
  • Measurement studies describing impacts of regulations on cybersecurity and users' privacy (e.g. GDPR)
  • Network traffic analysis to discover the nature and evolution of the cybersecurity threats
  • Measurements of cyber physical systems security
  • Measurements for assessing the effectiveness of the threats detection/prevention methods and countermeasures
  • Novel passive, active and hybrid measurements techniques for cybersecurity purposes
  • Traffic classification and topology discovery tools for monitoring the evolving status of the network from the cybersecurity perspective
  • Correlation of measurements across multiple layers, protocols or networks for cybersecurity purposes
  • Machine learning and data mining for analysis of network traffic measurements for cybersecurity
  • Novel approaches for large-scale measurements for cybersecurity (e.g. crowd-sourcing)
  • Novel visualization approaches to detect network attacks and other threats
  • Analysis of network traffic to provide new insights about network structure and behavior from the security perspective
  • Measurements of network protocol and applications behavior and its impact on cybersecurity and users' privacy
  • Vulnerability notifications
  • Measurements for new cybersecurity settings
  • Ethical issues in measurements for cybersecurity
  • Reappraisal of previous empirical findings


Papers will be accepted based on peer review (3-4 per paper) and should contain original, high quality work. All papers must be written in English. 

Authors are invited to submit regular papers (maximum 10 pages) and short papers (maximum 6 pages) including references and appendices via EasyChair. Papers must be typeset in LaTeX in A4 format (not "US Letter") using the IEEE conference proceeding template we supply We suggest you first compile the supplied LaTeX source as is, checking that you obtain the same PDF as the one supplied, and then write your paper into the LaTeX template, replacing the boilerplate text. Please do not use other IEEE templates. Failure to adhere to the page limit and formatting requirements can be grounds for rejection. 

Papers describing cybersecurity measurement studies should include an ethical considerations paragraph, and where applicable reach out to their institutional ethics committee or institutional review board. For guidance see the Menlo Report and its companion document

Authors are encouraged to share developed software implementations, measurement datasets, simulation models, etc. used in articles allowing other researchers to build upon and extend current results. Authors may include a paragraph about reproducible research. 

Submission page:

Submission of a paper implies that should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and present the paper in the conference. 

Papers accepted by the workshop will be published through IEEE Xplore in a volume accompanying the main IEEE EuroS&P conference proceedings. The extended versions of all accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Cyber Security and Mobility (confirmed). The decision will depend on the quality of the paper and quality of the presentation at WTMC 2020. The final decision will be made by co-chairs after the workshop.


February 29, 2020 (AoE, UTC -12): Regular Paper Submission
April 10, 2020: Notification Date
April 24, 2020: Camera-Ready Paper Deadline




WTMC will offer a number of travel grants supported by Grenoble Alpes Cybersecurity Institute ( to the students who will be presenting their work at the workshop as well as attendees from minority groups. More details (application procedures and deadlines) are to be provided soon.


The 5th WTMC workshop will be held in the premises of the Department of Economics (DIEC) of the University of Genova. DIEC is located next to the Galata Sea Museum (Galata Museo del Mare) in the Porto Antico area.


Maciej Korczyński, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
Wojciech Mazurczyk, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Pedro Casas, AIT, Austria


Christian Rossow, Saarland University, Germany
Roya Ensafi, University of Michigan, USA
Kensuke Fukuda, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Aiko Pras, University of Twente, Netherlands


Hadi Asghari, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands 
Giovane C. M. Moura, SIDN Labs, Netherlands 
Alvaro Cardenas, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA 
Luca Caviglione, CNR - IMATI, Italy 
Richard Clayton, University of Cambridge, UK 
Simone Ferlin, Ericsson research, Sweeden 
Romain Fontugne, Internet Initiative Japan, Japan 
Carlos Gañán, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands 
Oliver Gasser, Technical University of Munich, Germany 
Mehmet Gunes, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA 
Ralph Holz, The University of Sydney, Australia 
Artur Janicki, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland 
Jörg Keller, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany 
Igor Kotenko, SPIIRAS, Russia 
Christian Kraetzer, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany 
Jean-Francois Lalande, Centrale Supélec, France 
Qasim Lone, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands 
Matthew Luckie, University of Waikato, New Zealand 
Vinnie Monaco, Naval Postgraduate School, USA 
Arman Noroozian, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands 
Philippe Owezarski, LAAS-CNRS, France 
Davy Preuveneers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium 
José Jair Santanna, University of Twente, Netherlands 
Anna Sperotto, University of Twente, Netherlands 
Oleksii Starov, Palo Alto Networks, USA 
Ewa Syta, Yale University, USA 
Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob, ICANN, USA 
Hui Tian, National Huaqiao University, China 
Guillaume Urvoy-Keller, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France 
Tom van Goethem Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium 
Roland van Rijswijk-Deij, University of Twente, Netherlands 
Thomas Vissers, Cloudflare, USA 
Steffen Wendzel, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany 
Katsunari Yoshioka, Yokohama National University, Japan 
Nur Zincir-Heywood, Dalhousie University, Canada

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