Special Issue "Sensors and Actuators: Security Threats and Countermeasures"
A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018
Dr. Mohammad Hammoudeh
The recent proliferation of sensors and actuators, which go hand-in-hand with the Internet of Things (IoT), bring smart living to the general public in many data-critical areas, from homes and healthcare to power grids and transport. These sensors are moving gradually from sensing their surrounding environment only, to data processing and decision-making capabilities with significant implications on explicit e-trust and privacy. As pervasive sensing expands rapidly into new applications, its security also is not keeping up with this evolution. The sheer volume of personal and corporate sensor data makes it a more attractive target for cybercriminals and state-sponsored espionage with an exponential increase of both attack surfaces and threat actors.
The adversarial misuse and security threats in sensor-enabled environments, such as smart cities, are increasingly intertwined with national security and preferential privacy. Hence, governments and organizations are investigating how to mitigate such threats, whilst seeking to regulate the secure integration of Cyber-Physical Systems and IoT devices. For instance, in March 2018, the United Kingdom government announced new measures to boost cybersecurity in internet-connected devices. On the same day, a policy document was published to set out the government's strategy to ensure the consumer IoT is secure by design.
This Special Issue is dedicated to research on the latest developments in sensors and actuators security threats and countermeasures. It is aimed to explore the key security challenges, including the legal basis, facing consumers and technology vendors. The focus is on investigating cybersecurity threats and the solutions needed to respond to them.
- Topics of interest include but not limited to:
- Wireless and sensor network emerging threats and defenses
- Cyber Resilience in wireless sensor networks
- Secure by design principles in the IoT/SIoT paradigms
- Secure wireless sensor network communication protocols
- Novel authentication and access control, including attribute-based authentication and zero trust networks
- Ransomware attacks on IoT and embedded sensory systems
- Physical security of sensors and actuators
- Base device platform analysis and forensic investigations
- Threat Modelling and Threat Hunting in Sensors’ Hardware
- Secure decentralized data storage and processing technologies in WSNs
Dr. Mohammad Hammoudeh
Dr. Gregory Epiphaniou
Dr. Pedro Pinto
Manuscript Submission Information
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The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Paper Type: Review
Title: Cybersecurity Approaches in Precision Agriculture
Authors: Hongmei Chi et al.
Affiliation: Florida A&M University
Abstract: Precision agriculture or farming comprises a set of technologies that combines sensors, information systems, enhanced machinery, and informed management to optimize production by accounting for variability and uncertainties within agricultural systems. The digital farm is a uniquely complex system, involving interactions among multiple factors over many time and space scales. The goal of this review paper is to establish a foundation for research and education focused on solutions to current and emerging challenges of IoT in digital farm domains with heightened requirements for reliability, security and performance. The gap between capabilities and the ability to safeguard information assets must not be ignored, given the documented rise in the number and sophistication of threats and the broadening vulnerabilities of IoT applications and systems worldwide. In addition, a framework of security approach for dataflow in precision agriculture is discussed.
Keywords: Precision agriculture, privacy, food security, wireless sensor network, data security, encryption
Authors: Pedro Pinto et al.
Affiliation: Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo and INESC TEC
Authors: Thar Baker et al.
Affiliation: Liverpool John Moors University
Authors: Hae Young Lee et al.
Affiliation: DuDu IT
Authors: Fadi Hamad
Affiliation: Israa University