Security and Privacy in Space-Ground Integrated Network

  in Special Issue   Posted on August 3, 2020

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Submission Deadline: Wed 01 Dec 2021
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Journal Name : Computer Communications
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The proliferation of various wireless multimedia applications and services fosters a high demand for wireless access and communication. Some services like disaster warning and aerospace etc. urgently require access to the Internet anytime and anywhere. Consequently, Space-Ground Integrated Network (SGIN) is proposed to overcome the shortage of geographic and time limitations existed in terrestrial networks (e.g., LTE-A networks, Wi-Fi) to meet the high service requirement. Through the widely deployed satellites, SGIN significantly mitigates the communication limitations in the conventional terrestrial networks and enables seamless connection and communication anytime anywhere.

Despite the numerous merits, SGIN comes with its own set of challenges, especially in the aspects of security and privacy protection. Malicious behaviors, such as entity impersonation, unauthorized access, and cross-network attacks could be fatal to the SGIN. However, constrained by satellite communication and computing capabilities, conventional cryptographic primitives based approaches cannot be directly exploited. In addition, due to the various communication domains and entities with different authorities, traditional centralized authentication mechanisms are no longer applicable in SGIN. Moreover, users and satellites are moving all the time, making the cross-domain access and seamless switching difficult. Last but not least, it is also a very challenging issue to maintain the dynamic link of satellites while keeping credibility.

The objective of this special issue is to explore recent advances that address fundamental and practical challenges related to security and privacy in Space-Ground Integrated Network. High-quality original research and review articles in this area are expected. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Security features in Space-Ground Integrated Network (SGIN)
  • Privacy-enhanced technologies for SGIN
  • Security protocols for SGIN
  • Authentication and key management for SGIN
  • Trust and threat models for SGIN
  • Multi-domain network secure interconnection technologies for SGIN
  • Security control mechanisms for dynamic networking in SGIN
  • Security threats analysis and early warning technologies for SGIN
  • Novel architectures and protocols for blockchain-based SGIN applications
  • Blockchain-enabled reliable and privacy-preserving data sharing for SGIN
  • Data analysis for SGIN
  • Security, reliability, and scalability of communications for SGIN
  • Communication modeling, simulation, and verification for SGIN
  • Emerging interconnection technologies for SGIN
  • Security of SDN/NFV for SGIN
  • Security of network slicing for SGIN
  • Security of resource management for SGIN
  • Security and privacy in Terrestrial Networks
  • Security and Privacy in Satellite Communication
  • Encryption algorithms for SGIN

Tentative Schedule:

Submission deadline: December 1st, 2020 First round review: January 1st, 2021

Submission of revised papers: March 1st, 2021

Second round review & Final notification: April 15th, 2021

Submission of final materials: May 15th, 2021

Publication: Fall 2021.


Guest Editors:

Liehuang Zhu, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Jianbing Ni , Queen’s University, Canada

Shubin Xu, Research Institute of Cyberspace Security of CETC, China

Kaiping Xue, University of Science and Technology of China, China

Qiang Ye, Minnesota State University, USA

Short bio:

Liehuang Zhu, ( ) is a Professor in Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China. He received his M.S. degree from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China in 2001, and his Ph.D. degree from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China in 2004, both in computer science. His research interests include Space-Ground Integrated Network, Data Security and Privacy Protection, and Blockchain Applications. He has authored more than 150 journal and conference papers in these areas. He is the associate editor of IEEE TVT, IEEE Network, IEEE IoT Journal, and the guest editor of special issue of IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He has served as Program co-chair of MSN 2017, IWWS 2018, and INTRUST 2014. He received the Best Paper Award in IWQoS 2017, TrustCom 2018, IEEE IPCCC 2014.

Jianbing Ni ( is currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computing Engineering (with cybersecurity focus) at the University of Waterloo in August, 2018, he obtained his B.S. degree on Information Security and the M.E. degree on Computer Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo from Sept. 2018 to Jun. 2019. His research interests include mobile communication and network security, applied cryptography, machine learning security, cyber-physical system security, and blockchain technology. He has extensive publications at prestigious journals, such as IEEE TDSC, IEEE JSAC, IEEE TIFS, IEEE TPDS, IEEE TVT, IEEE TSG, and IEEE COMST. He is the recipient of six best paper awards from the International Conferences, including EAI SECURECOMM 2016, IEEE GLOBECOM 2017, IEEE ICC 2018, and IEEE MASS 2018.

Shubin Xu, ( ) is a research professorship in Research Institute of Cyberspace Security of CETC, China. He received his PhD degree from University of Science and Technology ofChina, in 2009. His research interests include network security, deep learning applied to network flows, security of Satellites, iot security etc. He is a member of the Space-Earth Integration Network program.

Kaiping Xue, ( ) received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Information Security, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), in 2003 and received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electronic Engineering and Information Science (EEIS), USTC, in 2007. From May 2012 to May 2013, he was a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the School of Cyber Security and the Department of EEIS, USTC. His research interests include next-generation Internet, distributed networks and network security. Dr. Xue has authored and co-authored more than 100 technical papers in the areas of communication networks and network security. His work won best paper awards in IEEE MSN 2017, IEEE HotICN 2019, and best paper runner-up award in IEEE MASS 2018. He serves on the Editorial Board of several journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC), the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM) and Ad Hoc Networks. He has also served as a guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) and a lead guest editor of IEEE Communications Magazine. He is serving as the Program Co-Chair for IEEE IWCMC 2020 and SIGSAC@TURC 2020. He is an IET Fellow and an IEEE Senior Member.

Qiang Ye, ( has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Technology, Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA, since September 2019. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2016, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Research Associate with the same university from Dec. 2016 to Sept. 2019. His current research interests include artificial intelligence and machine learning for future networking, 5G and beyond networks, software-defined networking and network function virtualization, network slicing, and Internet-of-Things. He has published more than 40 technical papers in different international journals/conferences. He serves as Editors for International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (IJDSN) and Wireless Networks (Springer Journal), and an Area Editor for Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks (Springer). He also servers/served as Technical Program Committee (TPC) members for several international conferences, such as IEEE GLOBECOM’20, VTC’17, VTC’20, and ICPADS’20.

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