GameSec 2015

Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security

November 4-5, 2015, London, UK

2015 Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security

GameSec 2015, the sixth Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security will take place in London, UK, on November 4-5, 2015.

The conference proceedings are available online:


Nations, corporations, and individuals constantly need to reason about how to protect their sensitive assets in order to ensure economic growth and prosperity. Decision making for security and privacy of infrastructure and information needs a scientific framework that can handle challenges arising from modern-day heterogeneous, dynamic, and large-scale systems.

GameSec solicits theoretical and practical contributions towards a science of decision making in security. In particular, GameSec publishes papers that apply decision and game theory, as well as related techniques such as dynamic control and mechanism design, to build resilient, secure, and dependable networked systems.

Conference Topics

The goal of GameSec is to bring together academic and indus- trial researchers in an effort to identify and discuss the major technical challenges and recent results that highlight the connection between game theory, control, distributed optimization, economic incentives and real world security, reputation, trust and privacy problems in a variety of technological systems. Submissions should solely be original research papers that have neither been published nor submitted for publication elsewhere.

  • Game theory and mechanism design for security and privacy
  • Pricing and economic incentives for building dependable and secure systems
  • Dynamic control, learning, and optimization and approximation techniques
  • Decision making and decision theory for cybersecurity and security requirements engineering
  • Socio-technological and behavioral approaches to security
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Security investment and cyber insurance
  • Security and privacy for the Internet-of-Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems, resilient control systems
  • New approaches for security and privacy in cloud computing and for critical infrastructure
  • Security and privacy of wireless and mobile communications, including user location privacy
  • Game theory for intrusion detection
  • Empirical and experimental studies with game-theoretic or optimization analysis for security and privacy

Plenary Speakers

Day 1

Photo: Eitan Altman
Professor Eitan Altman
Eitan Altman's areas of research include the performance evaluation and control of telecommunication networks, optimal control, and stochastic games. More information, including papers and presentation decks, is available here.

Game theory applied to Protection against SIS Epidemics in Networks

Abstract: Defining an optimal protection strategy against viruses, spam propagation or any other kind of contamination process is an important feature for designing new networks and architectures. In this work, we consider decentralized optimal protection strategies when a virus is propagating over a network through a SIS epidemic process. We assume that each node in the network can fully protect itself from infection at a constant cost, or the node can use recovery software, once it is infected. We model our system using a congestion game theoretic framework (due to Rosenthal) and find pure, mixed equilibria, and the Price of Anarchy (PoA) in several network topologies. We finally propose extensions of both the SIS propagation model as well as of the protection strategies and evaluate their performance. This work was done within the CONGAS European project on games in complex systems with the authors Stojan Trajanovski, Yezekael Hayel, Huijuan Wang and Piet Van Mieghem.

Slides are available here.

Day 2

Photo: Professor Hankin
Chris Hankin
Chris Hankin is Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology and a Professor of Computing Science. He was Deputy Principal of the Faculty of Engineering from September 2006 until October 2008. He was Pro Rector (Research) from June 2004 until September 2006. He was Dean of City and Guilds College from 2000-2003. His research is in cyber security, data anlytics and semantics-based program analysis. More information, including papers and presentation decks, is available here.

Games and Cyber Security Investment

Abstract: When investing in cyber security resources, information security managers have to follow effective decision-making strategies. We have investigated a number of methodologies to address this challenge from pure game theory through to a hybrid approach using classical optimisation techniques with game theory. We have constructed tools to support this work and conducted a major case study. The lecture will report on our latest findings from this work.

Slides are available here.