Advanced Software and Data Engineering for Secure Societies

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Advanced Software and Data Engineering for Secure Societies.

Advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have remodeled the way we live and work over the last few years. The use of mobile Internet technology is already widespread, with more than 1.1 billion people constantly connected to the digital world using smartphones and tablets. The digital world expands its frontiers every day to include not only systems and humans, but also physical objects. Machinery, shipments, infrastructures, and devices are being equipped with networked sensors and actuators that enable them to monitor their environment, report their status, receive instructions, and even collaborate to take appropriate actions. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc., are progressively becoming the norm rather than exception as to the way through which people meet, socialize, communicate and work.

While such technologies promise to make our lives easier, they raise significant security challenges for modern societies. They can be misused by malicious individuals or groups to harm people or disrupt systems and services at unprecedented scale. For example, terrorist groups and organizations try to exploit popular social media to influence vulnerable people and drive them to commit terrorist attacks. In a recent denial of service attack, control was taken of millions of unsecured internet routers around the globe to flood a major DNS provider, leading to global internet outages. Hackers try repeatedly to compromise the information systems of many democratic organizations around the globe to release information about candidates and sway the opinions of voters.

The goal of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to collect recent advances, innovations and practices in software, data and knowledge engineering for building security systems, techniques and solutions with the objective of protecting our citizens, society and economy as well as our infrastructures and services, our prosperity, political stability and well-being.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Forensic-ready software and system engineering
  • Software architectures for fighting online radicalization, extremism and terrorism
  • Software architectures for fighting the dissemination of fake news
  • Data mining and machine learning applied to cyber security
  • Data protection in the digital space
  • Privacy protection in the cyber-physical-social space
  • Software and data architectures for the protection of critical infrastructures
  • Software and data architectures for community policing
  • Robust machine learning
  • Identification of adversarial examples
  • Protection of systems against adversarial attacks
  • Transparency for security
  • Human factors for secure software systems

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Associate Editor: Mahmoud Barhamgi, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University, France

Guest Editors:

  1. Raúl Lara-Cabrera, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
  2. Nobukazu Yoshioka, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  3. Xiangliang Zhang, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  4. Michael N. Huhns, University of South Carolina, USA
  5. Hoda Al Khzaimi, Center of Cyber Security, University of New York Abu Dhabi NYUAD, UAE


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Challenges and Opportunities of Big Data Against Cyber Crime
  2. Cyber-Threats and Countermeasures in the Healthcare Sector
  3. Security Analytics and Intelligence for Cyber Physical Systems

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

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