Special Issue "Security management of 5G and IoT ecosystems"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. George Hatzivasilis
Guest Editor
Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Institute of Computer Science, Vassilika Vouton, 70013 Heraklion, Greece
Interests: My research interests include information systems security, cyber-security training, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), SDN/NFV, Big Data analysis, blockchaining and forensics, ambient intelligence and disaster mitigation planning
Prof. Dr. Sotiris Ioannidis
Guest Editor
Technical University of Crete, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kounoupidiana Campus, 73100 Chania, Greece
Interests: My research interests involve security, privacy, systems, and networks. Specifically, the latest works GPU-acceleration of security primitives, monitoring and analysis of encrypted traffic, honeypots, Big Data anaysis, IoT security, security and privacy assurance, as well as, cyber-security training and cyber-ranges
Dr. Konstantinos Fysarakis
Guest Editor
Sphynx Technology Solutions AG, Innovation Department, 6300 Zug, Switzerland
Interests: Information Security; Computer & Network Security; IoT & Cyber-physical Systems Security; Privacy and Trust

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, the world is faced with economic and societal challenges such as ageing of population, ensuring societal cohesion, and sustainable development. The introduction of digital technologies in economic and societal processes is key to address these challenges and, while fifth generation (5G) mobile communications are already upon us, the next steps in their evolution will be key in supporting this societal transformation while also leading to a fourth industrial revolution that will impact multiple sectors. 5G is expected to transform our lives and unleash enormous economic potential. There is now the opportunity to define and develop 5G networks technologies with long term and sustainable support of new and diverse connected devices and services, towards the realization of the pervasive computing vision.

Nevertheless, some important challenges and complexities will have to be addressed on the way towards the provision of pervasive mobile 5G services, such as: sustaining massively generated network traffic with heterogeneous requirements; providing networking infrastructures featuring end-to-end connectivity, security and resource self-configuration; enabling trusted information sharing between tenants and hosts systems, and, ultimately; enabling new services and applications (e.g., communications with smart vehicles, high-speed trains, drones, industrial robots). These present diverse and often-conflicting needs for high bandwidth, lower latency, better reliability, massive connection density and improved energy efficiency. Moreover, this increasing complexity of smart environments and the unprecedented levels of data sharing and cyber systems interoperability have also led to increasingly sophisticated, stealthy, targeted, and multi-faceted cyber-attacks. In light of the latter, the provision of effective management of the associated cyber security risks in organizations and enterprises is becoming even more important, due to the sheer complexity of cyber systems that need to be secured and the ever-increasing number and level of sophistication of cyber-attacks. The provision of effective and comprehensive security training in organizations and enterprises is becoming even more important due to the sheer complexity of cyber systems that need to be secured and the ever-increasing number and level of sophistication of cyber-attacks.

We invite submissions of full research and survey papers on topics related to cybersecurity.

Dr. George Hatzivasilis
Prof. Dr. Sotiris Ioannidis
Dr. Konstantinos Fysarakis
Guest Editors

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  • Security, privacy, dependability, and interoperability of 5G-enabled IoT environments
  • Smart Object Semantic interoperability techniques
  • Industrial Internet of Things and Critical infrastructures
  • IoT and 5G communication technologies and applications as enablers for a sustainable, Circular Economy
  • Self-Sovereign Identify management and Blockchaining
  • AI-driven defenses
  • System assurance verification and validation (V&V)
  • Cyber-ranges and security training
  • Smart device security
  • Digital forensics for modern IoT systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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