Special Issue "Remote Sensing and Cyber Situational Awareness"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jorge Maestre Vidal
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1. Indra Sistemas S.A, Avenida de Bruselas 35, 28108 Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
2. Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, C/ Profesor José García Santesmases 9, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: Artificial Intelligence; Pattern Recognition; Information Security
Dr. Sergio Mauricio Martinez Monterrubio
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Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, C/ Profesor José García Santesmases 9, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: Cybersecurity; Artificial Intelligence; Security Policies; Data Minning
Dr. Marco Antonio Sotelo Monge
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Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, C/ Profesor José García Santesmases 9, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: 4G/5G networks; Cyber-physical systems; Emulation/simulation of IT Scenarios; Information Security; Large-Scale IT Infrastructures; SDN/NFV

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) have become the backbone of global economic growth and prosperity, thus unleashing the need for a digital transformation and constituting critical resources relied upon by all economic sectors. This has led different nations to implement legislations and regulations aiming to protect their cyber assets and digital marketplaces, as is the case of the European NIS 2016/1148 or eiDAS 910/2014. At present, cyberspace is understood as the fifth domain of warfare, equally critical to military operations as land, sea, air, and space, where acquiring cyber-situational awareness is mandatory for the proper accomplishment of command and control (C2) and decision-making tasks. In this context, cyber situational awareness (CSA) brings a mission-centric reasoning and knowledge acquisition approach that aims to provide the clearest understanding of the current state of an operational environment, thus anticipating future changes and inferring risks that may compromise related actuation domains (virtual-to-live).

This involves the orchestration of a plethora of information processing actions, among them key cyber terrain (KCT) identification, dynamic risk assessment/management, incident response, or attack notification to stakeholders. These heavily rely on remote sensing capabilities like physical sensors, image processing, or spectral analysis. They monitor the cyber-physical environment looking for traits of threats such as pinpointing the location of military units; the disruption, interception, or modification of onboard satellite communications; or high-intensity radiated fields (HIRFs). The proficiency in conducting mission-centric situational awareness poses a new nuance in the emergent communication landscape, since the capabilities for acquiring contextual information of the protected domain (e.g., disruptive monitoring features, complex event correlation, smart decision-making, etc.) are significantly enhanced. Hence, conducting a truly cyber-situational awareness defense must consider taking advantage of cutting-edge platforms like the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless sensor networks (WSNs), software-defined networking (SDN), and network function virtualization (NFV), among others.

The main objective of this Special Issue is to collect contributions by leading-edge researchers from academia and industry, and to show the latest research results in the rapidly developing field of remote sensing for cyber-situational awareness, therefore providing a valuable information venue to researchers as well as practitioners. Manuscripts regarding novel algorithms, architectures, implementations, and experiences are welcome. Potential topics applied to cyber situational awareness include, but are not limited to:

  • Active/passive microwave remote sensing
  • Active cyber security in cyber-physical environments
  • Big data on cyber-situational awareness
  • Command and control
  • Cyber-physical attacks and adversarial threats
  • Cyber ranges
  • Cyber threat intelligence
  • Data fusion and data assimilation
  • Dedicated satellite missions for cyber-situational awareness
  • Incident correlation and aggregation
  • Incident modeling and simulation
  • Incident response and decision-making
  • Key cyber terrain identification and assessment
  • Mission planning
  • Mission assessment and management
  • Multi-spectral and hyperspectral remote sensing
  • Network operation centers
  • Physical modeling and signatures
  • Resilience and recovery
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Root of trust and non-repudiation
  • Secure architectures
  • Security operations centers
  • Self-organizing networks
  • Situational awareness
  • Standardization and notification
  • Mission critical services

Dr. Jorge Maestre Vidal
Dr. Sergio Mauricio Martinez Monterrubio
Dr. Marco Antonio Sotelo Monge
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • cyber-physical attacks
  • cyber situational awareness
  • incident correlation
  • remote sensing
  • risk assessment and management

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A Survey on Situational Awareness of Ransomware Attacks—Detection and Prevention Parameters
Remote Sens. 2019, 11(10), 1168; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11101168 - 16 May 2019
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In recent years, cybercrime activities have grown significantly, compromising device security and jeopardizing the normal activities of enterprises. The profits obtained through intimidation and the limitations for tracking down the illegal transactions have created a lucrative business based on the hijacking of users’ [...] Read more.
In recent years, cybercrime activities have grown significantly, compromising device security and jeopardizing the normal activities of enterprises. The profits obtained through intimidation and the limitations for tracking down the illegal transactions have created a lucrative business based on the hijacking of users’ files. In this context, ransomware takes advantage of cryptography to compromise the user information or deny access to the operating system. Then, the attacker extorts the victim to pay a ransom in order to regain access, recover the data, or keep the information private. Nowadays, the adoption of Situational Awareness (SA) and cognitive approaches can facilitate the rapid identification of ransomware threats. SA allows knowing what is happening in compromised devices and network communications through monitoring, aggregation, correlation, and analysis tasks. The current literature provides some parameters that are monitored and analyzed in order to prevent these kinds of attacks at an early stage. However, there is no complete list of them. To the best of our knowledge, this paper is the first proposal that summarizes the parameters evaluated in this research field and considers the SA concept. Furthermore, there are several articles that tackle ransomware problems. However, there are few surveys that summarize the current situation in the area, not only regarding its evolution but also its issues and future challenges. This survey also provides a classification of ransomware articles based on detection and prevention approaches. Full article
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