Special Issue "Future and Emerging topics in Security for Cyber-Physical Systems"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Vasilis Katos
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Guest Editor
Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Interests: incident response; security for smart infrastructures
Dr. Sotiris Ioannidis
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Guest Editor
Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
Interests: systems, networks and security
Prof. Antonio Skarmeta
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Guest Editor
Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Computer Science, University of Murcia, Murcia 30100, Spain
Tel. +34 868 88 4607
Interests: Internet of Things, network security and intelligent computing
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Prof. Michal Choras
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Guest Editor
University of Science and Technology, Poland.
Interests: cybersecurity; assurance in EDGE/FOG computing; analytics for critical infrastructure protection and CPS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The European Commission’s initiative for establishing a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and a Network of National Cybersecurity Coordination Centres seeks to develop competences in order to deal with the complex cyber threat landscape. This has led to the investment of almost 64 million Euros, which was allocated to funding four pilot projects that will assist in building capacities in the form of a network of competency centres [1]. A common denominator across these pilots is the research of cybersecurity technologies for different sectors and verticals, such as finance, maritime, healthcare, energy and so forth. At the same time, the proliferation of enabling technologies such as IoT and 5G has given rise to a complex ecosystem of Cyber Physical Systems, where threat actors can construct attack vectors covering both the cyber and physical domains. This, in turn, results in the increase of an organisation’s or smart infrastructure’s attack surface, enabling the transfer of risk between the cyber and the physical domain. Typically, cyber risks focusing on the information and data require security controls, whereas for the physical domain, we refer to studying safety aspects.

This Special Issue invites original research papers that showcase the complexity and diversity of cyberphysical systems security and introduce new approaches for securing such environments.  

Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • Digital twins for cybersecurity assessments
  • Threat intelligence for cyberphysical systems
  • Incident response in CPS environments
  • Cyber range technologies
  • Crowdsourcing and crowdsensing for cyber security
  • Threat modelling in CPS
  • Security and safety protocols for CPS
  • Security in mobile CPS

References: [1] https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/four-eu-pilot-projects-prepare-european-cybersecurity-competence-network-infographic

Prof. Vasilis Katos
Dr. Sotiris Ioannidis
Prof. Antonio Skarmeta
Prof. Michal Choras
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • cyberphysical systems security
  • secure systems
  • resilience and robustness in CPS

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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