Security and Privacy in Smart Farming: Challenges and Opportunities

Internet of Things (IoT) and smart computing technologies have revolutionized every sphere of 21 st century humans. IoT technologies and the data driven services they offer were beyond imagination just a decade ago. Now, they surround us and influence a variety of domains such as automobile, smart home, healthcare, etc. In particular, the Agriculture and Farming industries have also embraced this technological intervention. Smart devices are widely used by a range of people from farmers to entrepreneurs. These technologies are used in a variety of ways, from finding real-time status of crops and soil moisture content to deploying drones to assist with tasks such as applying pesticide spray. However, the use of IoT and smart communication technologies introduce a vast exposure to cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities in smart farming environments. Such cyber attacks have the potential to disrupt the economies of countries that are widely dependent on agriculture. In this paper, we present a holistic study on security and privacy in a smart farming ecosystem. The paper outlines a multi layered architecture relevant to the precision agriculture domain and discusses the security and privacy issues in this dynamic and distributed cyber physical environment. Further more, the paper elaborates on potential cyber attack scenarios and highlights open research challenges and future directions.

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Security, Privacy, and Trust Management in Smart Cities

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Security, Privacy, and Trust Management in Smart Cities.

Building a smart city is no longer just a vision, it’s close to a reality. Many organizations, government agencies, and research institutes are working toward the fulfillment of interconnected, instrumented, and intelligent smart cities. Such cities will offer intelligent and advanced services to its citizens — education, transport, surveillance, housing, healthcare, energy, and other services — to improve the quality of lives. However, this comes at a cost of collecting, storing, processing, and analyzing a huge volume of heterogeneous data sensed from the environment and often contributed by the citizens. The evolution of Internet of Things, cloud computing, social networking, and other Industry 4.0 influencers is pushing technology inside the fabric of smart society, which also brings potential vulnerabilities in smart city data, services, and applications. These vulnerabilities  then lead to concerns about whether the data of the citizens is securely transmitted and stored, whether it is kept private and restricted to unauthorized access, and whether the offered services are trustworthy and dependable.

Many efforts are underway to address these concerns of security, privacy, and trust. Existing security and privacy solutions work reasonably well in different scenarios, although we witness an increasing attempt by hackers and intruders to often prove it otherwise. Therefore, providing security and privacy to smart city data, services, and applications would require further investigation on emerging solutions. Besides security and privacy, smart city services and applications must be trustworthy and reliable against all odds such that any attacks on security or privacy violations are immediately detected and resolved; this is a challenging task. The proposed  Special Section in IEEE Access aims to attract researchers and experts from different institutes and organizations working in security, privacy, and trust in smart cities.

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

  • Dynamic security solutions for smart city data, services, and applications
  • Security and privacy requirements engineering of smart city services
  • Privacy enhancement for future IoT-cloud based applications in smart city
  • Architecture and design of smart city service infrastructure
  • Security and privacy vulnerability assessment in smart city
  • Trust-based privacy protection in smart city
  • Trustworthy computing model for smart city
  • Dependability of smart city services and applications
  • Privacy protection of big data in IoT-cloud enabled smart city
  • Techniques for preserving security and privacy of different smart city services and applications
  • Security and privacy for networked vehicles.


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Associate Editor:  Mehedi Masud, Taif University, Saudi Arabia

Guest Editors:

  1. Wen-Huang Cheng, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  2. Carlisle Adams, University of Ottawa, Canada
  3. Mukesh Saini, IIT Ropar, India
  4. Jorge Parra, IK4-Ikerlan, Spain


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Smart Caching, Communications, Computing and Cyber Security for Information-Centric Internet of Things
  2. New Era of Smart Cities: Sensors, Communication Technologies, and Applications
  3. Security and Privacy in Applications and Services for Future Internet of Things

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

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