Cybertrust in the IoT Age: Call for Papers

In today’s technology world, computing and communications are embedded in products as mundane as lightbulbs and kitchen faucets. These capabilities have enabled the Internet of Things (IoT), which we should more accurately call the networks of things: subnets of devices not necessarily connected to the global Internet. There will be an estimated 20 billion to 50 billion IoT devices within the next three years.This technology has generated new opportunities in many areas but has also created new challenges for providing security and trustworthiness. Changes are inevitable to meet these challenges.What will be required to provide trust in such an environment? What new opportunities will the IoT bring? This special issue will explore such questions via high-quality contributions from industry, government, and academia on the rapidly changing landscape for device and IoT trustworthiness.Computer plans a July 2018 special issue on cybertrust in the IoT age. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • IoT-powered botnets
  • privacy issues in beacon-enabled location-tracking systems
  • forensics on IoT devices
  • human-computer interaction methods—and their security and privacy issues—for IoT systems
  • reverse engineering and automated analysis of IoT malware
  • security and privacy in IoT operating systems and middleware
  • security for smart-payment applications, including those using near field communication
  • IoT standardization efforts
  • IoT testbeds, case studies, and proofs of concept
  • IoT traffic monitoring and intrusion detection
  • virtualization solutions for IoT security
  • security and privacy for IoT-based smart cities
  • IoT security’s ethical, legal, and social considerations
  • biometric IoT
  • cyberattack detection and prevention systems for IoT networks
  • cloud-computing-based security solutions for IoT data
  • heterogeneous IoT’s security and privacy issues
  • Cloud of Things security and privacy
  • lightweight cryptography
  • cryptocurrency and ransomware
  • blockchain and distributed ledger with IoT
  • false information and “fake news”

Only submissions that describe previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research and that aren’t currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered. Extended journal versions of conference papers must be at least 30 percent different from the original conference works.

There is a strict 6,000-word limit (figures and tables are equivalent to 300 words each) with a maximum of 15 references. The writing style should be down to earth, practical, and original, and the article should be understandable by a broad audience of people interested in security, privacy, and dependability. Authors should not assume that the audience has specialized experience in a particular subfield.

All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer’s readership. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style. For accepted papers, authors will be required to provide electronic files for each figure according to the following guidelines: for graphs and charts, authors must submit them in their original editable source format (PDF, Visio, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.); for screenshots or photographs, authors must submit high-resolution files (300 dpi or higher at the largest possible dimensions) in JPEG or TIFF formats.

Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to submit multimedia, such as a 2- to 4-minute podcast, videos, or an audio or audio/video interview of the authors by an expert in the field, which Computer staff can help facilitate, record, and edit.


Abstracts ( 1 November 2017

Full paper: 1 December 2017

Publication date: July 2018


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