Security and Privacy for Cloud and IoT

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Security and Privacy for Cloud and IoT.

Internet of Things (IoT), which enables a wide variety of embedded devices, sensors and actuators (known as smart things) to interconnect and exchange data, is a promising network scenario for bridging the physical devices and virtual objects in the cyber world. By considering the limited capacity of smart things, cloud computing is naturally introduced to store and process the huge amount of data collected by the IoT. The appropriate integration of cloud computing and IoT can be regarded as the best of two worlds by simultaneously providing omnipresent sensing services and powerful processing capabilities. Undoubtedly, cloud-assisted IoT will boost the advancement of innovative applications and services including smart cities, industrial IoT, intelligent transportation and electronic health systems. In spite of the benefits brought from cloud-aided IoT, it is impossible to overlook the significance of security and privacy in this kind of highly heterogeneous and inter-connected system. To deal with security threats to smart devices and sensitive data, hundreds of security solutions have recently been put forward separately for the cloud or IoT environment. However, a few important characteristics such as heterogeneity and scalability haven’t been properly considered in these solutions.

The objective of the Special Section in IEEE Access is to compile recent research efforts dedicated to study the security and privacy of rapidly increasing cloud and IoT applications. The Special Section solicits high quality and unpublished work on recent advances in new methodologies empowering traditional security solutions for cloud and IoT, and theories and technologies proposed to defend cloud and IoT-oriented applications against adversarial or malicious attacks.

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

  • Security and protection architectures for cloud and IoT
  • Threat models and attack methodologies for cloud and IoT
  • Security applications and management of cloud and IoT
  • Challenges related to security and privacy for cloud and IoT
  • Data analysis of IoT and cloud for security and privacy
  • Cryptography protocols and algorithms for cloud and IoT
  • State-of-the-art reviews on security and privacy for cloud and IoT
  • Energy efficient solutions for cloud and IoT security and privacy


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Associate Editor: Kuo-Hui Yeh, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan

Guest Editors:

  1. Kuan Zhang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  2. SK Hafizul Islam, Indian Institute of Information Technology Kalyani, India
  3. Weizhi Meng, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  4. Ennan Zhai, Alibaba Damo Academy, USA


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Smart Caching, Communications, Computing and Cybersecurity for Information-Centric Internet of Things
  2. Internet-of-Things (IoT) Big Data Trust Management
  3. Towards Service-Centric Internet of Things (IoT): From Modeling to Practice

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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