Special Issue "Symmetry and Asymmetry Applications for Internet of Things Security and Privacy"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Weizhi Meng

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
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Interests: Cyber Security; Malware and Vulnerability Analysis; Intrusion Detection; Biometric Authentication and Security; Trust Computation
Guest Editor
Dr. Georgios Kambourakis

Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean, Samos, Greece
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Fax: +30 22730 82009
Interests: mobile and wireless communication systems security and privacy; VoIP security and privacy; mobile medical systems security and privacy; e-learning and m-learning security; DNS Security

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, embedded systems have become an essential part of modern life. It is predicted that, in the near future, over 90% of computer applications will be embedded systems, and most of them will be small in size, with very low power consumption and high performance. Embedded systems is the keystone for the realization and deployment of a plethora of Internet of Things (IoT) products and applications for both consumer and industrial markets. In fact, the ability of “things” (along with sensors and actuators) to inter-operate within the existing Internet infrastructure paves the way toward the Internet of Everything (IoE), and gives momentum to modern technologies, including smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation, and smart cities.

However, IoT brings along major challenges regarding the security and privacy of the underlying systems and processes. For instance, certain IoT applications can be tightly linked to sensitive infrastructures and strategic services, such as the distribution of water and electricity. The array of challenges include ways to securing constrained objects, authenticate and authorize objects, manage object updates, secure communication, safeguard data privacy and integrity, detect and manage vulnerabilities, incidents, etc. These challenges are expected to worsen due to several reasons pertaining to a) the number of these “things”, which is expected to reach 30 billion objects by 2020, b) the unattended, complex, and often hostile environments in which these objects frequently operate, c) the complexity of the hardware/software IoT platforms and the communication processes involving both human-to-machine and machine-to-machine interactions, and d) the absence of standardization.

The goal of this special issue is to address the aforementioned challenges and foster the

dissemination of the latest technologies, solutions, case studies, and prototypes regarding IoT

security and privacy. Only high-quality articles describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered.

Dr. Weizhi Meng
Dr. Georgios Kambourakis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Post-quantum security for IoT
  • Secure design for IoT
  • Efficient implementation of cryptographic algorithms; Side-channel analysis for IoT devices
  • Security analysis and audit for IoT
  • Privacy and anonymization techniques in IoT
  • Trust management architectures
  • Lightweight security solutions
  • Survivability and performance modelling for IoT Encryption, authentication, availability assurance for IoT
  • Authentication and access control in IoT Identification and biometrics in IoT
  • Formal methods Symmetry technologies for IoT
  • Asymmetry technologies for IoT Intrusion detection and prevention techniques for IoT

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Open AccessArticle False Data Injection Attack Based on Hyperplane Migration of Support Vector Machine in Transmission Network of the Smart Grid
Symmetry 2018, 10(5), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym10050165
Received: 8 April 2018 / Revised: 13 May 2018 / Accepted: 14 May 2018 / Published: 15 May 2018
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The smart grid is a key piece of infrastructure and its security has attracted widespread attention. The false data injection (FDI) attack is one of the important research issues in the field of smart grid security. Because this kind of attack has a
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The smart grid is a key piece of infrastructure and its security has attracted widespread attention. The false data injection (FDI) attack is one of the important research issues in the field of smart grid security. Because this kind of attack has a great impact on the safe and stable operation of the smart grid, many effective detection methods have been proposed, such as an FDI detector based on the support vector machine (SVM). In this paper, we first analyze the problem existing in the detector based on SVM. Then, we propose a new attack method to reduce the detection effect of the FDI detector based on SVM and give a proof. The core of the method is that the FDI detector based on SVM cannot detect the attack vectors which are specially constructed and can replace the attack vectors into the training set when it is updated. Therefore, the training set is changed and then the next training result will be affected. With the increase of the number of the attack vectors which are injected into the positive space, the hyperplane moves to the side of the negative space, and the detection effect of the FDI detector based on SVM is reduced. Finally, we analyze the impact of different data injection modes for training results. Simulation experiments show that this attack method can impact the effectiveness of the FDI detector based on SVM. Full article

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