Secure Communication for the Next Generation 5G and IoT Networks

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2020

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Secure Communication for the Next Generation 5G and IoT Networks.

New forms of technology continue to permeate modern day society, and can have significant impacts on business, government and personal interactions. Two such technologies are next generation 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) networks. While 5G promises to deliver significant increases in speed, connectivity and capacity, the IoT extends the traditional thinking of a device to encompass a range of new connected things (from the physical through to the cyber-physical). Together these technologies are predicted to offer substantial advances in communications. As these technologies grow in prominence however, their security becomes even more crucial. This security needs to consider and accommodate the unique features of these new platforms, and build security in as a standard. Areas of importance include secure communications, risk assessment and management in IoT and 5G, balancing security and quality of service, and other security needs.

With this motivation, this Special Section in IEEE Access solicits the submissions of high-quality and unpublished articles that aim to address the open technical problems and challenges concerning secure communications, taking into account the unique nature of 5G and IoT systems and networks. In particular, we seek submissions that target this and related problems, with a focus on current and future developments. Both theoretical and experimental studies for secure communication scenarios are encouraged. Additionally, high-quality review and survey papers are also welcome.

While 5G Wireless Technologies and the Internet of Things are regular topics in IEEE Access Sections, this proposal aims to combine these two topics and consider them within the context of secure communications.

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

  • Secure communications in 5G and IoT networks
  • Authentication and key exchange protocols in 5G and IoT networks
  • Formal security analysis on security protocols for 5G and IoT networks
  • Developing secure communication systems or environments
  • Security risk management and assessment in 5G and IoT networks
  • Usability and human factor issues and studies with 5G and IoT networks
  • Privacy and trust in 5G and IoT networks
  • Infrastructure for secure communications
  • Balancing security and quality services in 5G and IoT networks
  • Emerging security issues in 5G and IoT networks

We also highly recommend the submission of multimedia with each article as it significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.

Associate Editor:   Ilsun You, Soonchunhyang University, South Korea

Guest Editors:

  1. Jason R.C. Nurse, University of Kent, UK
  2. Isaac Woungang, Ryerson University, Canada
  3. Antonio F. Skarmeta, University of Murcia, Spain

Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Roadmap to 5G: Rising to the Challenge
  2. Smart Caching, Communications, Computing and Cybersecurity for Information-Centric Internet of Things
  3. Security, Privacy, and Trust Management in Smart Cities

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

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