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Special Issue "Sensors Cybersecurity"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dimitris A. Gritzalis
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Guest Editor
Dept. of Informatics Athens University of Economics & Business, Athens, Greece
Interests: cybersecurity; critical infrastructure protection; information security; data protection
Prof. Grammati Pantziou
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Guest Editor
Dept. of Informatics & Computer Engineering, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
Interests: mobile ad-hoc and wireless sensor networks; distributed computing; Internet of Things applications; security and privacy in pervasive environments
Assist. Prof. Rodrigo Román-Castro
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Guest Editor
Edificio de Investigación Ada Byron C/ Arquitecto Francisco Peñalosa, 18, 29071 Málaga, Spain
Interests: Internet of things; security; edge computing; Industry 4.0; security architectures
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

At present, sensors are being used more and more in all sorts of platforms, manned or unmanned, in particular in view of the emerging IoT. The quality and possibilities of drones, wearables, driverless cars, sensor-aided shipping and aviation, robots, and any other sensor-based platform or applications mainly depend on the sensing technology they use. No single type of sensor can give solutions to all problems, and most of them are vulnerable to cyberattacks. For example, host-based sensors provide more extensive and accurate information, but this is only true for the phenomena that they are manufactured to describe. From their side, network-based sensors provide extensive coverage, but they can be deceived by traffic engineering; Further, they cannot describe encrypted traffic and often can hardly estimate the activity at a host. In addition, because of the wireless and resource-constraint nature of sensor networks and their possible deployment in harsh environments or unattended areas, they are susceptible to many security threats. Therefore, sensor-based platforms and applications are highly vulnerable to cyberattacks, and many valuable assets are exposed and vulnerable to sensor and sensor network-based cyber threats. As a result, the need for adequate sensor and sensor network infrastructure protection and for secure information monitoring systems development is increasing.

However, because of communication, computation, and delay constraints of sensor networks and applications, achieving an acceptable level of security has been a difficult issue. Therefore, we need to develop new theories, technologies, and practical solutions so as to protect the network infrastructure and the sensors that are integrated in platforms of drones, mobile phones, cars, vessels, airplanes, robots, critical infrastructures, etc. From their side, secure information monitoring systems developers should take into account that these systems are based on data collected from multiple and often heterogeneous sensors that generate various kinds of data. Developing a secure sensor system requires balancing its completeness and redundancy, while adequately ensuring its protection from cyberattacks.

This Special Issue invites contributions describing original ideas, ground-breaking results, and/or real-world experiences involving sensors and cybersecurity. Successful submissions will explain why the topic is relevant to a vision of the future of sensors, sensor systems and applications. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, clarity, relevance, and correctness. In addition to citing relevant, published work, authors must cite and relate their submissions to relevant prior publications of the their own. Ethical approval for experiments with human subjects, if applicable, should be demonstrated as part of the submission.

Prof. Dimitris A. Gritzalis
Prof. Grammati Pantziou
Assist. Prof. Rodrigo Román-Castro
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.

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. Sensors is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Autonomous vehicles and autonomous vehicular clouds security
  • Big data in sensory systems and cyberthreats
  • Body area sensor networks and cyberattacks
  • Civil infrastructure sensor-aided control (bridges, tunnels, roads, etc.) and cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity and sensor-enabled computer systems
  • Cybersecurity and sensor-aided Industry 4.0 systems
  • Cybersecurity and sensor networks in the IoT
  • Cybersecurity and sensor-aided airport systems
  • Cybersecurity and sensor-aided navigation systems
  • Cybersecurity in heterogeneous sensor platforms
  • Cybersecurity in VANET and Internet-of-Vehicles (IoV)
  • Experiences of real-world secure sensor networks applications
  • Health monitoring sensors and cyberthreats
  • Implantable sensing technologies and cyberthreats
  • Security framework development (monitoring systems, anomaly detection systems, simulation test beds) for UAV applications
  • Secure integration of sensor networks in Cloud and Edge infrastructures
  • Sensor-aided social networks and cyberthreats
  • Wearable sensing technologies (smart textile, wearable electronics, etc.) and cyberthreats
  • Surveys and state of the art reports in the above areas

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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