19 November 2014

Call for papers: "Critical Infrastructure Computer Technology and Protection"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems.

In recent years, critical infrastructures have become increasingly dependent on ICT and more complex, interconnected and linked to the Internet. Consequently, this makes these systems more vulnerable and intensifies the threat of successful cyber-attacks taking place. The growing use of wireless networks further exacerbates the situation, as critical infrastructures become more susceptible to direct digital attack than ever before.

Traditionally, protecting against environmental threats was the main focus of critical infrastructure preservation. Now, however, with the emergence of cyber-attacks, the focus has changed and infrastructures are facing a different danger with potentially devastating consequences.

As threats evolve and become more adaptive, so should security measures evolve and adopt increasingly innovative security techniques. The future lies with combating cyber-attacks in innovative ways, where adaptive systems are employed and existing methods are built upon to provide well-structured defence-in-depth. The increasing complexity and susceptibility of these systems, combined with significant weaknesses in current security measures, highlights the need to develop effective protection methods.

For this special issue, we solicit research papers addressing this pertinent topic.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Cyber security
  • Cyber attacks
  • Data analysis
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Unified threat management systems
  • Control systems
  • Smart grids
  • Defence-in-depth
  • Wireless networks
  • Complex and systems-of-systems security
  • Cyber-physical security

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 15 July, 2015
Notification of acceptance: 1 September, 2015
Final version due: 1 November, 2015

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