Artificial Intelligence in CyberSecurity

Submission Deadline: 30 July 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Artificial Intelligence in CyberSecurity.

Recent studies show that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has resulted in advances in many scientific and technological fields, i.e., AI-based medicine, AI-based transportation, and AI-based finance. It can be imagined that the era of AI will be coming to us soon. The Internet has become the largest man-made system in human history, which has a great impact on people’s daily life and work. Security is one of the most significant concerns in the development of a sustainable, resilient and prosperous Internet ecosystem. Cyber security faces many challenging issues, such as intrusion detection, privacy protection, proactive defense, anomalous behaviors, advanced threat detection and so on. What’s more, many threat variations emerge and spread continuously. Therefore, AI-assisted, self-adaptable approaches are expected to deal with these security issues. Joint consideration of the interweaving nature between AI and cyber security is a key factor for driving future secure Internet.

The use of AI in cybersecurity creates new frontiers for security research. Specifically, the AI analytic tools, i.e., reinforcement learning, big data, machine learning and game theory, make learning increasingly important for real-time analysis and decision making for quick reactions to security attacks. On the other hand, AI technology itself also brings some security issues that need to be solved. For example, data mining and machine learning create a wealth of privacy issues due to the abundance and accessibility of data. AI-based cyber security has a great impact on different industrial applications if applied in appropriate ways, such as self-driving security, secure vehicular networks, industrial control security, smart grid security, etc. This Special Section in IEEE Access will focus on AI technologies in cybersecurity and related issues. We also welcome research on AI-related theory analysis for security and privacy.

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

  • Reinforcement learning for cybersecurity
  • Machine learning for proactive defense
  • Big data analytics for security
  • Big data anonymization
  • Big data-based hacking incident forecasting
  • Big data analytics for secure network management
  • AI-based intrusion detection and prevention
  • AI approaches to trust and reputation
  • AI-based anomalous behavior detection
  • AI-based privacy protection
  • AI for self-driving security
  • AI for IoT security
  • AI for industrial control security
  • AI for smart grid security
  • AI for security in innovative networking
  • AI security applications

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Associate Editor:   Chi-Yuan Chen, National Ilan University, Taiwan

Guest Editors:

  1. Wei Quan, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
  2. Nan Cheng, University of Toronto, Canada
  3. Shui Yu, Deakin University, Australia
  4. Jong-Hyouk Lee, Sangmyung University, Republic of Korea
  5. Gregorio Martinez Perez, University of Murcia (UMU), Spain
  6. Hongke Zhang, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
  7. Shiuhpyng Shieh, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing for Communications and Networks
  2. Smart Caching, Communications, Computing and Cybersecurity for Information-Centric Internet of Things
  3. Cyber-Physical Systems

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

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