Special Issue "IoT Security and Privacy through the Blockchain"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Javier Prieto

BISITE research group, University of Salamanca, Edificio Multiusos I+D+i, C/ Espejo s/n, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
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Interests: social computing; artificial intelligence; blockchain; virtualization; localization and navigation; Bayesian inference
Guest Editor
Dr. Fernando De la Prieta Pintado

BISITE research group, University of Salamanca, Edificio Multiusos I+D+i, C/ Espejo s/n, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
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Interests: artificial intelligence; multiagent systems; cloud computing and distributed systems; technology enhanced learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Blockchain, far beyond bitcoin, has produced an unprecedented revolution in the security and reliability of many Internet services and applications. IoT is not exempt from this revolution whereby the blockchain allows it to securely store measured data and use these data to determine the compliance with the conditions of a smart contract (e.g., to check if the temperature of food during the transportation is below a given threshold). However, blockchain only guarantees the immutability of data once they reach the blockchain, while data or sensors themselves can be faked or emulated and, therefore, additional security and privacy measures must be imposed to sensors at the edge level.

New solutions have arisen to deal with the mentioned problem, such as new consensus mechanisms among sensors in the wireless networks, or the introduction of crypto-elements in the circuit boards. This Special Issue expects innovative work to explore new frontiers and challenges in the field of IoT security and privacy under the umbrella of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, including the mentioned crypto-sensors, distributed consensus mechanisms, encryption algorithms, fault tolerance mechanisms for IoT, etc.

The particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures and platforms for blockchain and IoT
  • Distributed consensus mechanisms for the IoT
  • Crypto-elements for the security in IoT
  • Encryption algorithms for the IoT
  • Fod/edge computing and sidechains for IoT security and privacy
  • Blockchain for forensics in IoT
  • Fault tolerance mechanisms for IoT
  • Energy efficiency in IoT data hashing
  • Redundancy for IoT data security and privacy
  • Virtualization for IoT data security and privacy
  • Standardization for IoT and blockchain convergence
  • IoT malicious transactions detection
  • Other blockchain applications for the IoT

Dr. Javier Prieto
Dr. Fernando De la Prieta Pintado
Guest Editors

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  • IoT, blockchain
  • crypto-elements
  • security
  • privacy
  • encryption
  • consensus

Published Papers

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