Special Issue "Cryptography and Blockchain for Security, Privacy and Smart Communication Environments"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science and Symmetry/Asymmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 475

Special Issue Editors

1. Program of Artificial Intelligence and Information Security, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei, Taiwan
2. Program of Medical Informatics and Innovative Applications, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei, Taiwan
Interests: information security; cryptography; blockchain; smart communications; healthcare communication security
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Department of Information Management, Chang-Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
Interests: information security; cryptography; smart communications; smart healthcare communication; blockchain; digital forensics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Modern smart environments are changing the activities of daily life as well as various processes through increased automation. Recent emerging communication technologies, including 5G/6G, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Drones (IoD), or Internet of Everything (IoE), facilitate the development processes of various smart places, including smart homes, smart hospitals, smart farms, smart factories, and smart cities. Specific applications may include healthcare, electricity grids, satellite communication, underwater acoustic communication, vehicular networks, among others. The problems that have arisen are information security and the data privacy of the communicating entities (users, servers, IoT devices, etc.) in the systems that require secure and efficient mechanisms. Many of the current cryptographic methods are still constrained in terms of processing and communication ability. In addition, there may be a trade-off between anonymity and authentication or between security and efficiency, which should also be considered. Blockchain is an emerging technology that provide a decentralized platform that assures data integrity, transparency, traceability, anonymity, non-repudiation, accountability, and unforgeability. At present, the scientific community lacks a certain number of qualified research studies in which cryptography techniques and blockchain are integrated in a single design to address the aforementioned issues. As we know, there has been an important role of symmetry in cryptography (symmetric key encryption, symmetric key authentication, etc.) and blockchain techniques (consensus mechanism, integrity property, etc.). This Special Issue seeks research on innovative cryptographic methods, tailored blockchain design, or the integration of cryptography and blockchain to assure security and privacy in systems. Research papers, communications, and review articles are welcome, with potential topicsincluding but not limited to the following:

  • Secure and anonymity-preserving designs for smart systems;
  • New cryptographic tools addressing existing security concerns in smart communications;
  • Applied cryptography;
  • Lightweight cryptography;
  • Post-quantum cryptography;
  • Blockchain-enabled designs for smart communications;
  • Security and privacy in smart blockchain networks;
  • Blockchain-based cryptographic authentication/verification protocols;
  • Blockchain-based trusted protocols for smart communications;
  • New consensus mechanisms for blockchains;
  • Secure smart contract in blockchains.

Dr. Tuan-Vinh Le
Prof. Dr. Chien-Lung Hsu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • information security
  • user privacy cryptography
  • blockchain smart systems
  • Internet of Things consensus mechanism
  • reliable smart contract

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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