First International Workshop on lightweight and Incremental Cybersecurity Certification

cybercert 2020


With the entry into force of the EU Cybersecurity Act on June 27 2019, an EU wide cybersecurity certification framework will be defined for information and communication technology (ICT) products, services, and processes. One of the motivations for the adoption of this new EU regulation is that “the limited use of certification leads to individual, organizational and business users having insufficient information about the cybersecurity features of ICT products, ICT services, and ICT processes, which undermines trust in digital solutions.” The Cybersecurity Act aims to improve trust in products, services, and processes by defining an EU-wide certification framework consisting of cybersecurity certification schemes that specify common cybersecurity requirements and evaluation criteria across national markets and sectors. Cybersecurity certification will be voluntary, and only sector specific standards will specify the conditions under which cybersecurity certification will be mandatory.

The underlying assumption in the EU cybersecurity act is that products, services and processes that are certified will be viewed as more trustworthy by users. Companies going through certification would thus benefit from a competitive advantage. Cybersecurity certification suffers from an image as a costly and time consuming process. One of the keys to success for the EU cybersecurity act is to promote standards that are lightweight, flexible and incremental in order to encourage organisations to voluntarily certify their ICT products, services, and processes.

The objective of the workshop is to establish a state of the art for cybersecurity certification, and to provide a forum for exchange of ideas between researchers working on cybersecurity and certification issues, and security experts whose technologies could be applied to certification. CyberCert 2020 seeks high-quality research and experimentation contributions in the form of well-developed full papers. Topics of interest encompass research advances in all areas of security, trust and privacy in relation to certification. Topics of particular interest are the following: lightweight certification schemes, approaches that integrate security engineering and certification processes, and incremental certification. CyberCert 2020 brings together security and privacy experts in academia, industry and government as well as practitioners, standards developers and policy makers.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Integration of security engineering and certification processes
  • and incremental certification
  • lightweight certification schemes, e.g. for SME
  • Assessment tools for products, services and processes
  • Analysis of security and privacy issues in Certification
  • Models for authentication and privacy management related to certification
  • Audit and accountability related to certification
  • Policy models and policy management related to certification
  • Dynamic security techniques and certification

Important Dates

Date Description
March 9, 2020 Workshop papers submission
April 12, 2020 Author notification
April 24, 2020 Camera-ready copy
June 15, 2020 Workshop date at IEEE EuroS&P 2020

Submission Details

Authors are invited to submit papers formatted according to IEEE conference at Papers can range from a 2-page extended abstract to 10 pages limit. Submissions will be accepted until 23:59 GMT, March 9, 2020 at the workshop web page. All accepted papers will be made available in IEEE Xplore. In case of acceptance of a paper at least one author must present the contribution at the workshop, otherwise it will be removed from the list of publications.

Program Committee

Florent Kirchner CEA
Andrea Morgagni LEONARDO
Volkmar Lotz SAP
Tiziano Inzerilli ISCOM
Pascal Bisson THALES
Fabio Martinelli CNR
Jeremy Grandclaudon CETIC
Nicolò Maunero CINI

Practical information


CyberCert will be held at the same venue as IEEE EuroS&P 2020 ( It 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. Information on how to reach the Porto Antico area are available here (

Proceedings Publication

Publication of CyberCert 2020 proceedings is through IEEE Xplore in a volume accompanying the main IEEE EuroS&P 2020 proceedings.


SPARTA H2020 project (