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Special Issue "Cybersecurity in the Internet of Things"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Christos Xenakis
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Guest Editor
Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Karaoli and Dimitriou 80, PC 18534 Piraeus, Greece
Interests: network security; authentication; mobile security; IoT security; computer security; smart grid security
Dr. Thanassis Giannetsos
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Guest Editor
Ubitech Ltd, Digital Security & Trusted Computing Group, Thessalias 8 & Etolias 10, 15232 Chalandri, Athesn, Greece
Interests: trusted computing; applied cryptography; information security; privacy; Internet of Things; secure systems; intrusion detection

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the ever-increasing applications of Internet of Things (IoT) in the wild, there is an abundance of possible vulnerable targets. This IoT revolution has benefited both industrial organizations and multiple vertical sectors, but it has also created unprecedented opportunities for the exploitation of new attack vectors. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide the necessary grounds for discussion and advancement towards enhancing the security and functional safety properties of IoT and their emerging applications. Although most efforts, when it comes to cybersecurity, have the limitation of constrained resources in low-powered devices, the advancement of technology and the paradigm of edge and fog computing have proven that this is not the case anymore, with deployments becoming more decentralized and complex. Advanced critical applications and a wide gamut of mixed-criticality services are deployed in edge devices in increasing frequency, and traditional security should be considered in tandem with IoT security so that solutions deployed in such environments are properly protected. With this in mind, this Special Issue will focus on advanced IoT cybersecurity technologies that not only take into account the per-device security but also their grid-interconnected network as a whole towards establishing “communities of trust”. Its main target is to modernize the approach of cybersecurity in IoT schemas with outreaches to edge and fog computing.

Technical contribution papers, industrial case studies, and review papers are welcome. Topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • Traditional and IoT cybersecurity;
  • Access control, authentication, and authorization;
  • Trust establishment, relationships and propagation, and reputation systems;
  • Attestation technologies and decentralized roots-of-trust;
  • Key management and key recovery;
  • Control-flow binary tracing and RISC-V security;
  • Trusted execution environments and/or TPM security applications in IoT networks;
  • Security in smart grid;
  • Security in edge and fog computing;
  • Usable security and privacy in IoT;
  • Formal verification of security protocols;
  • Data protection in transit and in storage for IoT networks;
  • Blockchain-based cybersecurity applications;
  • Cryptographic trust anchors for secure on- and off-chain knowledge management and data sharing;
  • Malware detection and propagation;
  • Adversarial machine learning;
  • Intrusion detection;
  • Efficient cryptography.

Prof. Dr. Christos Xenakis
Dr. Thanassis Giannetsos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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