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International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems
International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems


Special Issue on: "Critical Infrastructure Computer Technology and Protection"

Guest Editors:
Dr. William Hurst, Dr. Nathan Shone and Dr. David Llewellyn-Jones, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

In recent years, critical infrastructures have become increasingly dependent on ICT and more complex, interconnected and linked to the Internet. Consequently, this makes these systems more vulnerable and intensifies the threat of successful cyber-attacks taking place. The growing use of wireless networks further exacerbates the situation, as critical infrastructures become more susceptible to direct digital attack than ever before.

Traditionally, protecting against environmental threats was the main focus of critical infrastructure preservation. Now, however, with the emergence of cyber-attacks, the focus has changed and infrastructures are facing a different danger with potentially devastating consequences.

As threats evolve and become more adaptive, so should security measures evolve and adopt increasingly innovative security techniques. The future lies with combating cyber-attacks in innovative ways, where adaptive systems are employed and existing methods are built upon to provide well-structured defence-in-depth. The increasing complexity and susceptibility of these systems, combined with significant weaknesses in current security measures, highlights the need to develop effective protection methods.

For this special issue, we solicit research papers addressing this pertinent topic.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Cyber security
  • Cyber attacks
  • Data analysis
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Unified threat management systems
  • Control systems
  • Smart grids
  • Defence-in-depth
  • Wireless networks
  • Complex and systems-of-systems security
  • Cyber-physical security

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 15 July, 2015

Notification of acceptance: 1 September, 2015

Final version due: 1 November, 2015