[hpc-announce] Call for Chapter Proposals -- Security and Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems: Threats and Defenses

Marcin Paprzycki marcin at amu.edu.pl
Mon Sep 16 16:30:04 CDT 2019

Call for Chapters

Security and Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems: Threats and Defenses

Aims and Scope:
A Cyber-Physical System (CPS) is a compound blend of computer and 
physical components, in which physical systems are controlled and 
monitored by computer-based algorithms. Examples of CPS are many, and 
include, among others, eHealth and medical monitoring, autonomous 
driving systems, robotic systems, industrial control systems, and smart 
grid. CPS blur the lines between personal and infrastructural spaces and 
this blurring is engineered into the Internet of Things (IoT). In IoT, a 
CPS has gained enormous success in a huge range of distributed 
integration environments. Interconnected sensing devices in CPS, sense 
data from the surrounding and sends them, through the network, to the 
interested nodes. With the help of IoT, personal CPS such as appliances, 
and phones with personal data, can be made available into public 
infrastructures to access services. This might result in leakage of 
personal data. Moreover, guaranteeing basic security concepts like 
confidentiality, integrity, and availability is a major challenge owing 
to the loose coupling of the vendors, the service providers, and the end 
subscribers in a CPS chain.

The design of an advanced CPS, integration of wireless sensor-actuator 
networks, belonging to independent stakeholders, is of utmost 
importance. Communication links, in such complex, heterogeneous systems, 
must meet stringent requirements concerning range, latency and 
throughput, while adhering to the constrained energy budget, and 
providing high levels of security. However, CPSs possess additional 
features that provide opportunities to adversaries that can cause havoc 
without corrupting or stealing the data. Simply varying the timing of 
key computations is enough to bring the system to a halt. Note that, for 
example, false data insertion to the control system may lead to 
destructive actions in plants. Cyberattacks might include manipulation 
of data, data theft, or denial of service. Cyber-based attack may cause 
damage to critical infrastructures that might significantly impact the 
economy, national security, and the safety and livelihood of many 
individual citizens.

Great strides have been made in CPSs to improve the computing 
mechanisms, communication and quality of service, by applying 
optimization algorithms. Currently, these efforts are integrated with 
the applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. 
Moreover, owing to its deployment in harsh environmental conditions, the 
consensus problem in these CPSs is a major concern and heavily affects 
the performance of consensus-based applications, such as blockchain, 
event detection, etc. Also, large number of existing IoT ecosystems 
utilize centralized servers and, therefore, face the single point 
failure problem. In this context, blockchain-based techniques propose 
privacy preserving models, capable of evading the single point failure 
problem and centralized trust issue.

The goal of the proposed book is to foster transformative, 
multidisciplinary and novel approaches that ensure the CPSs security, by 
taking into consideration unique security challenges present in the 
environment. This book will attract contributions in all aspects 
pertaining to this multidisciplinary paradigm. Contributing authors will 
be expected to investigate state-of-the-art achievements, applications 
and research issues in the field of, broadly understood, security 
paradigms for CPS. The resulting book will provide comprehensive reviews 
of cutting–edge state-of-the-art algorithms, technologies, and 
applications, providing new insights into a range of fundamentally 
important topics in security and privacy of CPSs.

Topics of interest include, but not limited to:
- Threat Identification and Modeling for Cyber-Physical Systems
- Foundations of data security and privacy in CPSs
- Vulnerability analysis and assessments for CPSs
- Attacks and vulnerabilities detection in WSNs
- Risk assessments and identification strategies
- Human aspects in CPSs security and privacy
- Attack pattern detection and prediction
- Internet of Things (IoT) security threats
- Industrial Control Systems threats
- Security and Privacy Defense Mechanisms for Cyber-Physical Systems
- CPS resilience
- Architecture and frameworks for securing CPSs
- Authentication and access control in CPSs
- Cryptography and wireless security
- Machine learning for fostering security in CPSs
- Blockchains and their applications
- Secure IoT Communication using blockchain
- Socio-technical defenses for security and privacy
- Smart IDS and IPS designed for different CPSs

Publication Schedule:
The tentative schedule of the book publication is as follows:
Deadline for chapter proposal submission: October 01, 2019
Author notification for chapter proposal: October 15, 2019
Deadline for full chapter submission: April 15, 2020
Author notification: June 01, 2020
Camera-ready submission: July 15, 2020
Planned publication schedule: Fourth quarter of 2020

Submission Procedure:
Authors are invited to submit original, high quality, unpublished 
results of A Cyber-Physical System (CPS) security and privacy. Submitted 
manuscripts should conform to the author’s guidelines of the Springer's 
chapter format mentioned in the right panel of the Studies in Systems, 
Decision and Control (SSDC) homepage. Submitted chapters should be 
prepared using Latex or Microsoft Word, and according to the Springer's 
chapter templates that can be downloaded from the aforementioned website.
Prospective authors need to electronically submit their contributions 
using EasyChair submission system. Submitted manuscripts will be 
refereed by at least two independent and expert reviewers for quality, 
correctness, originality, and relevance. The accepted contributions will 
be published as a volume in the prestigious "Studies in Systems, 
Decision and Control" series by Springer. More information about the 
"Studies in Systems, Decision and Control" series and the author 

For details on indexing of the series, please refer to SSDC website.

Volume Editors:

Ali Ismail Awad
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
Lule? University of Technology
Lule?, Sweden
E-mail: ali.awad[at]ltu.se

Steven Furnell
Faculty of Science and Engineering
University of Plymouth
Plymouth, United Kingdom
E-mail: S.Furnell[at]plymouth.ac.uk

Marcin Paprzycki
Systems Research Institute
Polish Academy of Sciences
Warszawa, Poland
E-mail: paprzyck[at]ibspan.waw.pl

Sudhir Kumar Sharma
Institute of Information Technology and Management
New Delhi, India
E-mail: sharmasudhir08[at]gmail.com

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