A Multidisciplinary Approach to Internet of Things Cybersecurity and Risk Management

in Special Issue   Posted on March 24, 2020 

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Mon 30 Mar 2020
Journal Impact Factor : 2.849
Journal Name : Computers and Security
Journal Publisher:
Website for the Special Issue: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-and-security/call-for-papers/multidisciplinary-approach-internet-of-things-cybersecurity
Journal & Submission Website: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-and-security

Special Issue Call for Papers:

Internet of Things (IoT) links physical and virtual objects by leveraging data capture and communication capabilities. Increasingly, IoT can be found in a broad range of commercial (e.g., smart and connected cities, and industry 4.0) and national security applications (e.g., critical infrastructure and Internet of Battlefield and Military Things). Due to the interconnectivity of IoT and the broader society, it is important to ensure the security of IoT and the underpinning systems. While there is no foolproof solution, we need to take a transdisciplinary approach to understand the cybersecurity risk and threat landscape, in order to formulate appropriate risk mitigation strategies.

For example,

  • How do we design more effective solutions that mitigate existing and emerging threats to IoT and the underpinning systems, such as physics attacks, sliding channels attacks, environmental attacks, cryptanalysis attacks, software attacks, and network attacks, without affecting users’ quality of experience and quality?
  • How do we take a transdisciplinary approach to understanding the cybersecurity risk and threat landscape, and take into consideration the imperfection of cybersecurity and physical security management system in the design of the next generation cybersecurity and risk management solutions?
  • How do we balance the need for higher level of security (and user privacy) with legitimate surveillance and lawful data access (e.g., in law enforcement investigations)?

In this special issue, we will focus on cutting edge research from both academia and industry to address the above research questions, with a particular focus on multidisciplinary research. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the below categories (however, crypto-oriented topics are beyond the scope of this journal and special issue):

Cybersecurity and risk management

  • IoT cybersecurity incident response and management
  • Cybercrime prevention strategies, relating to IoT systems
  • Data protection in cloud-enhanced IoT systems
  • Physical security management of IoT systems
  • Secure network access in IoT systems
  • Identity management and authentication of IoT
  • Secure edge-powered IoT design
  • IoT trust and governance
  • IoT secure middleware design
  • IoT mobility security and risk management
  • Blockchain-enabled risk management method
  • Emerging threats to IoT
  • Secure information integrity of IoT
  • Other security and privacy-related issues in connected critical infrastructure


  • Enhancing and/or preserving IoT data privacy
  • IoT surveillance
  • Legal issues relating to surveillance and user privacy, relating to IoT systems
  • Transparency and accountability of IoT systems
  • IoT forensics and anti-forensics
  • Secure data provenance in IoT

High quality survey papers on the above topics are welcome.

Submission Format

The submitted papers must be written in English and describe original research which is not published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Author guidelines for preparation of manuscript can be found at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-and-security/.

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the Elsevier journal Computer & Security submission system at https://ees.elsevier.com/cose/. The authors must select VSI:IoTS-RM when they reach the journal type selection.

List of Guest Editors

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA, [email protected]

Keke Gai, Beijing Institute of Technology, China, [email protected]

Luca Chiaraviglio, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, [email protected]

Qing Yang, University of Rhode Island, USA, [email protected]

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Mar 30, 2020
First Round of Reviews: May 30, 2020
Second Round of Reviews: Jul 30, 2020
Final Decisions: Oct 15, 2020

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