Security and Privacy in Fog Computing-based Critical Infrastructures

  in Special Issue   Posted on June 3, 2020

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Submission Deadline: Sun 31 Jan 2021
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Journal Name : Journal of Systems Architecture
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

The increasing integration of information and communication technologies has undoubtedly boosted the efficiency of Critical Infrastructures (CI). However, the first wave of IoT devices, together with the management of enormous amount of data generated by modern CIs, has created serious architectural issues. Fog computing has emerged as a viable solution for many large-scale latency-sensitive CI-based applications. Usually, the concept of fog computing is useful for various mission critical applications that require real-time data processing.

Despite the concept of fog computing offering several notable features (e.g., low latency, dynamic per user optimization, etc.), many issues remain for it to be an efficient computing paradigm. Especially, some issues related to performance and security urgently need to be considered. Given the importance of security considerations for IoT environments and the growing interest in fog computing and its associated technologies, this special issue is focused on security and privacy issues in fog computing-based critical Infrastructures (like smart-grid, IoT-based e-healthcare system, Vehicle-to-grid network, etc)

Here we welcome high quality research from both academia and industry, with particular emphasis on novel ideas and techniques. Only technical papers describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or a journal will be considered. We will recommend submission of multimedia with each paper as this significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.

Selection and Evaluation Criteria

  • Relevance to the topics of this special issue
  • Research novelty (e.g., new techniques) and potential impact
  • Readability

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Authentication for fog computing- based critical Infrastructures
  • Privacy for fog computing-based critical Infrastructures
  • Accountability for fog computing-based critical infrastructures
  • Block-chain security for fog-enabled critical infrastructures
  • Hardware security of devices in fog-enabled critical infrastructures
  • Safety issues in fog-enabled critical infrastructures
  • Access control and key-management for fog-enabled critical infrastructures
  • Theories, methods and applications in machine learning addressing security issues and solutions for fog-enabled critical infrastructures
  • Trust management for fog computing
  • Test-bed, prototype implementation and fog-based security applications
  • New paradigms facilitating fog-enabled critical infrastructures
  • Data security in fog-enabled critical infrastructures
  • Deception Technologies for securing critical infrastructures

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 31 December 2020
Authors’ notification: 31 March 2021
Revisions due: 15 May 2021
Final decision: 15 June 2021

Guest Editors

Editor(s) Bio

Dr. Prosanta Gope

Prosanta Gope is currently working as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) with the Department of Computer Science (Cyber Security), University of Sheffield, U.K. He was Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Primarily driven by tackling challenging real-world security problems, he has expertise in Lightweight and Anonymous Authentication, Authenticated Encryption, Access Control, Security of Mobile Communications, Healthcare, Internet of Things, Cloud, RFIDs, WSNs, Smart-Grid and IoT Hardware. He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed articles in several reputable international journals and conferences, and has four filed patents. He received the Distinguished Ph.D. Scholar Award 2014 by National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan), and the outstanding early-career researcher award from UoH in 2019. Several of his papers have been published in high impact journals such as IEEE TIFS, IEEE TDSC, IEEE TIE, IEEE TSG, etc. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Sensors Journal, the Security and Communication Networks, and the Mobile Information Systems Journal.

Dr. Daisuke Mashima

Daisuke Mashima is a senior research scientist at Illinois at Singapore Pte Ltd and also affiliated with University of Illinois at Urban Champaign. His research has been focused on security and privacy on smart city infrastructure, including power grid system and transportation systems and published over 30 publications in these areas. He served as a cybersecurity and privacy symposium co-chair for IEEE SmartGridComm 2019, and also served as a TPC member/reviewer for prestigious conferences and journals, including IEEE SmartGridComm, IEEE PES Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine, ACM Transactions on Cyber-physical Systems, Elsevier International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, and so forth. He was awarded IEEE PES Transactions on Smart Grid Best Reviewer Award in 2019 and Best Paper Award at IEEE SmartGridComm 2014. He is also an author of a book chapter focused on smart grid security in “Solving Urban Infrastructure Problems Using Smart City Technologies” to be published by Elsevier in 2020.

Prof. Subhas Mukhopadhyay

Prof. Subhas holds a B.E.E. (gold medallist), M.E.E., Ph.D. (India) and Doctor of Engineering (Japan). He has over 30+ years of teaching, industrial and research experience. Currently he is working as a Professor of Mechanical/Electronics Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia and is the Discipline Leader of the Mechatronics Engineering Degree Programme. His fields of interest include Smart Sensors and sensing technology, instrumentation techniques, wireless sensors and network (WSN), Internet of Things (IoT), numerical field calculation, electromagnetics etc. He has supervised over 40 postgraduate students and over 100 Honours students. He has examined over 50 postgraduate theses. He has published over 400 papers in different international journals and conference proceedings, written eight books and forty book chapters and edited seventeen conference proceedings. He has also edited thirty books with Springer-Verlag and twenty four journal special issues. He has organized over 20 international conferences as either General Chairs/co-chairs or Technical Programme Chair. He has delivered 333 presentations including keynote, invited, tutorial and special lectures. He is a Fellow of IEEE (USA), a Fellow of IET (UK), a Fellow of IETE (India), a Topical Editor of IEEE Sensors journal, and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements. He is the EIC of International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems. He is the Series Editor of SSMI, Springer-Verlag. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Sensors Council from 2017 to 2019. He is the Founding Chair of the IEEE IMS New South Wales Chapter. More details can be available at

Some Relevant papers for References:

[1] P. Gope, “LAAP: Lightweight Anonymous Authentication Protocol for D2D-Aided Fog Computing Paradigm,” Computers & Security, DOI: 10.1016/j.cose.2019.06.003, 2019.

[2] F. Bonomi, R. Milito, J. Zhu, S. Addepalli, “Fog computing and its role in the Internet of Things”, Proc. 1st Ed. MCC Workshop Mobile Cloud Comput. (MCC), pp. 13-16, Feb. 2012.

[3] P. Gope, J. Lee, and T~Q.S. Quek, “Anonymous Communications for Secure D2D-Aided Fog Computing: Architecture, Challenges, and Solutions,” IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, DOI:10.1109/MCE.2018.2868352, 2018

[4] A. Alrawais, A. Alhothaily, C. Hu, X. Cheng, “Fog computing for the Internet of Things: Security and privacy issues”, IEEE Internet Comput., vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 34-42, Mar. 2017.

[5] Y. Wang, T. Uehara, R. Sasaki, “Fog computing: Issues and challenges in security and forensics”, Proc. IEEE 39th Annu. Comput. Softw. Appl. Conf., vol. 3, pp. 53-59, Jul. 2015.

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