Special Issue "Cyber Security for Embedded Systems: Testing and Protecting Electronic Hardware"


A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dhananjay S. Phatak

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA
Website: http://www.csee.umbc.edu/~phatak/
Interests: Cyber Security: Computer/Network/System security, information assurance, security of hardware and designing hardware architectures for enhancing security, software security, malware, Virtualization and its impact on security and Digital Rights Management(DRM), Trust, security of Distributed Systems (DDoS attacks, defenses ....), anonymity, privacy; Computer arithmetic: Algorithms and their hardware realization (in particular Residue Number Systems (RNSes)), Number theory, cryptology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aggressive outsourcing of electronic hardware manufacturing has left us vulnerable to Trojans inserted in the hardware procured from vendors in other nations. Fortunately, the DoD foresaw this problem in the early 1990s and has allocated an increasing amount of resources for R & D to solve many fundamental problems. However, despite sustained efforts, detection and effective mitigation of hardware Trojans remains a difficult problem.

Likewise, the STUXnet malware attack on the processors embedded in the control-system operating the centrifuges, has ushered in a new era in cyber warfare. The enemy can be a nation-state with virtually unlimited resources and time to plan and execute a stealthy attack.

This Special Issue, therefore, focuses on cyber security for, and of, embedded systems. Topics include, but are not limited to, Security of Cyber-Physical systems, embedded systems, hardware designed for secure processing, methods for verifying the functionality and integrity of hardware, robust control, resilience, graceful degradation, security of analog hardware processing and allied areas.

Prof. Dhananjay Phatak
Guest Editor


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  • securing embedded systems
  • secure cyber-physical systems
  • hardware designed for secure processing
  • security of hardware itself, at large, including
  • verification of functionality and integrity of hardware
  • Hardware Trojan Detection and Mitigation
  • robust control
  • resilience
  • fault tolerant embedded systems
  • graceful degradation of system hardware
  • analog signal processing hardware and its security, reliability
  • Homomorphic Encryption
  • Cryptographic Multilinear Maps (MMAPs)
  • or other novel obfuscation methods
  • Hardware implementation of cryptographic primitives

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Electronics 2016, 5(1), 5; doi:10.3390/electronics5010005
Received: 17 July 2015 / Revised: 21 December 2015 / Accepted: 8 January 2016 / Published: 18 January 2016
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Electronics 2015, 4(4), 995-1017; doi:10.3390/electronics4040995
Received: 17 July 2015 / Revised: 2 November 2015 / Accepted: 12 November 2015 / Published: 3 December 2015
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Electronics 2015, 4(4), 763-784; doi:10.3390/electronics4040763
Received: 3 August 2015 / Revised: 19 September 2015 / Accepted: 5 October 2015 / Published: 13 October 2015
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Electronics 2015, 4(3), 541-564; doi:10.3390/electronics4030541
Received: 26 June 2015 / Revised: 3 August 2015 / Accepted: 5 August 2015 / Published: 18 August 2015
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