Special Issue "Complex Network Analysis in Security"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 1501

Special Issue Editor

Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B. 653 Beer-Sheva, Israel
Interests: complex networks; cyber security; social networks; biological networks; cyberbiosecurity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Complex networks are an interdisciplinary field of study that has penetrated biology, social sciences, communication, transportation, cyber security, and many more. Networks are everywhere. They provide important non-trivial clues about the underlying processes that led to their formation. Network analysis helps with assessing the structure and function of complex systems, finding their vulnerabilities, and increasing robustness.

Many problems related to physical and cybersecurity can be modeled using networks. Consider, for example, a police chase: choosing the optimal locations for roadblocks is a problem in complex networks. In cybersecurity, attack graphs model the vulnerabilities and protections inside an organization, allowing the investigator to find the most probable attack paths or optimize the deployment of security patches. In social networks, deep learning on graphs helps to identify fake profiles and disinformation campaigns.

Problems related to networks and security are abundant, but so are the tools to solve them. The network science toolbox includes deep learning algorithms, optimization algorithms, generative random network models, percolation analysis, centrality analysis, and many more.

This Special Issue solicits original research and review articles that describe new problems or solve existing ones using tools from network science. 

Everything that is related to network science and security is in scope, including but limited to:

  • Complex networks
  • Communication networks
  • Transportation networks
  • Monitoring optimization
  • Interception optimization
  • Cybersecurity
  • Knowledge graphs
  • Ontology
  • Threat intelligence
  • Propagation analysis
  • Malware analysis
  • Static analysis
  • Dynamic analysis
  • Control flow graphs
  • Data flow analysis
  • Dependency graphs
  • Attack graphs
  • Forensic investigation
  • Visualization
  • Social networks
  • Disinformation
  • Fake profiles
  • Social cascade
  • Terrorist networks
  • Deep learning on graphs
  • Graph embedding
  • Subgraph embedding
  • Node embedding

Dr. Rami Puzis
Guest Editor

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  • complex networks
  • communication networks
  • transportation networks
  • monitoring optimization
  • interception optimization
  • cybersecurity
  • knowledge graphs
  • ontology
  • threat intelligence
  • propagation analysis
  • malware analysis
  • static analysis
  • dynamic analysis
  • control flow graphs
  • data flow analysis
  • dependency graphs
  • attack graphs
  • forensic investigation
  • visualization
  • social networks
  • disinformation
  • fake profiles
  • social cascade
  • terrorist networks
  • deep learning on graphs
  • graph embedding
  • subgraph embedding
  • node embedding

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Analyzing Global Geopolitical Stability in Terms of World Trade Network Analysis
Information 2023, 14(8), 442; https://doi.org/10.3390/info14080442 - 04 Aug 2023
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The global economy operates as a complex and interconnected system, necessitating the application of sophisticated network methods for analysis. This study examines economic data from all countries across the globe, representing each country as a node and its exports as links, covering the [...] Read more.
The global economy operates as a complex and interconnected system, necessitating the application of sophisticated network methods for analysis. This study examines economic data from all countries across the globe, representing each country as a node and its exports as links, covering the period from 2008 to 2019. Through the computation of relevant indices, we can discern shifts in countries’ positions within the world trade network. By interpreting these changes through geopolitical perspectives, we can gain a deeper understanding of their root causes. The analysis reveals a notable trend of slow growth in the world trade network. Additionally, an intriguing observation emerges: countries naturally form stable groups, shedding light on the underlying structure of global trade relations. Furthermore, this research highlights the trade balance as a reflection of geopolitical strength, making it a valuable contribution to the study of the evolution of global geopolitical stability. Full article
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