Important Dates

May 15, 2020

Workshop Proposal Due

June 15, 2020

Paper Submission Deadline

July 31, 2020

Author Notification

September 02, 2020

Final Manuscript Due

November 02 - 06, 2020

Conference Date



Recent Advances of Blockchain Technologies for Cybersecurity


Objectives, scope, and contribution to the main conference:
Over the last decades the value of information exchanged through the internet grew exponentially. As a predictable result, cyber-hacking also grew exponentially since the value of the data leaked or locked by a hacker is more crucial, sometimes essential, for an organization. Today, cyber networks and numerical data face multiple cyber-security challenges in order to protect their data. There are many reasons for this, but the most important is the complexity of IT systems. The more complex a system is, the less secure it becomes. Billions of computers (PCs, smart phones, IoTs, embedded devices, hardwares providing the backbone of the critical infrastructures, etc), have hundreds of billions of lines of code connected all together through the internet which is hosting billions of websites and portals managing unimaginable amount zettabyte of data, all adding up to the large attack surface where everything is connected and dependent on each other.

In this context several challenges that are present in the field of security can be tackled using DLT/Blockchain technologies. Thus, the Workshop on Recent Advances of Blockchain Technologies for Cybersecurity (BlockCyberSec) at the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Blockchain (Blockchain-2020), is devoted to accelerate the adaptation of Blockchain technology in Cybersecurity sector, in order to foster a competitive and innovative cybersecurity industry with the use of Distributed Ledger Technologies. The purpose of the workshop is to present recent advancements of cybersecurity defence mechanisms that take advantage of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Blockchain for the core cybersecurity aspects: Integrity, Confidentiality and Authenticity
• Defence of vulnerabilities in smart contracts
• Security and privacy policies using Blockchain
• Security-by-design technologies using Distributed Ledgers
• Intrusion detection systems with blockchain
• Security management with blockchain
• Application security with blockchain

The proposed workshop will strengthen the impact of the main conference, by attracting researchers, engineers and practitioners from the cybersecurity field of academia and industry.

Important Dates
Paper Submission Deadline: March 01, 2020
Author Notification: April 07, 2020
Final Manuscript Due: May 02, 2020

All papers need to be submitted electronically through the conference website ( with PDF format. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Papers must be clearly presented in English, must not exceed 6 pages in IEEE Computer Society proceedings format (or up to 8 pages with the pages over length charge), including tables, figures, references and appendices. Papers will be selected based on their originality, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation assessed by at least three reviewers. All submitted papers will be judged through double-blind reviews, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. As an author, you are required to preserve the anonymity of your submission, while at the same time allowing the reader to fully grasp the context of related past work, including your own. Papers that do not conform to our double-blind submission policies will be rejected without review.
Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work. BlockCybersec reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from the digital library and indexing services), if the paper is not presented at the conference. All accepted papers will be published in IEEE CPS proceedings (EI Indexed) and collected by IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Workshop Co-chairs
Dr. Konstantinos Votis
Information Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece (

Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras
Information Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece (

Dr. Konstantinos Giannoutakis
Information Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece (

Prof. Sokratis Katsikas
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (

Prof. George Giaglis
University of Nicosia, Cyprus (

Prof. Klitos Christodoulou
University of Nicosia, Cyprus (

Program Committee Members
Prof. Erol Gelenbe, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Prof. Dimitri Konstantas, University de Geneve, Switzerland
Dr. Christos Filelis-Papadopoulos, University College Cork, Ireland
Dr. Shahid Raza, RISE, Sweden
Dr. Georgios Spathoulas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

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