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Call for Submissions: Journal of Network & Systems Management

Thursday, May 21, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020

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Journal of Network and Systems Management - Springer

Special issue on

Cybersecurity Management in the era of AI 

***Submissions due: October 31st, 2020***

We encourage early submission, please check the open submission schedule policy below.

Fifth Generation (5G) and beyond cellular networks have revolutionized the communication architecture, providing connectivity for people, things, data, applications, transport, and cities in smart networked environments, at faster data rates, reduced latencies, and acceptable costs. The massive number and volume of heterogonous connected devices in such an open space, as well as the advancements in human computer interaction (HCI), artificial intelligence (AI), computing and communication technologies have led to an increasing number of personal and ubiquitous intelligent systems. Such a wide deployment of connected smart technologies introduces new challenges to system security and privacy, mainly for Cyber-physical Systems.

Cyberphysical is a term used for the integration of physical and computing domains as seen in many different areas such as medical, automotive, energy and other critical systems. Nowadays, cyberphysical systems are highly prone to cyber attacks and other forms of security threats at the communication layer due to system high connectivity characteristics. Some of today’s emerging security threats are hard to detect using traditional security and privacy measures and techniques. Therefore, innovative security methods and privacy protection solutions are needed to provide more secure and robust privacy-preserving intelligent cyber-physical systems. To achieve this, cybersecurity management systems need to adapt to the changing cyber security threats autonomously with minimal user intervention to provide maximum protection against cyber attacks, intrusions, malware and various types of data breaches. AI has the potential to be leveraged in different aspects of cybersecurity and cyberthreat detection. It has received significant interest lately, where a plethora of AI and other intelligent learning solutions such as deep and reinforcement learning are now being integrated into cybersecurity systems to provide more secure and robust privacy-preserving solutions for personal and ubiquitous systems. Such integration will play a vital role in providing enhanced security for intelligent autonomous systems and enables organizations to make crucial changes to their security landscape.

This Special Issue invites theoretical and applied cutting edge research on standards, frameworks, models, and approaches on cybersecurity management in the era of AI and intelligent learning technologies. More specifically, we encourage original paper submissions on the most recent advances in security network and system management solutions using AI. The Special Issue also welcomes contributions from the industry perspective. Topics of interest include, but they are not limited to:

-          Cybersecurity management in cyber-physical systems using AI;

-          Security, privacy, and trust issues in cyber-physical systems;

-          Blockchain-enabled cyber-physical systems;

-          Utilizing AI technologies for cyber investigation and threat intelligence;

-          The integration of AI and Blockchain for security critical infrastructures;

-          Design, optimization and modeling of cybersecurity management systems;

-          AI and ML for intrusion detection/prevention in sensitive environments;

-          Advanced AI techniques to secure future Internet architectures/protocols;

-          Trust management in cyber-physical networks and systems;

-          Privacy management at edge of the network using machine learning;

-          Trustworthy data collection and processing using intelligent learning techniques;

-          Cybersecurity management of big data;

-          AI-based cybersecurity techniques for IoT, IoE, IoH, and IoV;

-          Cybersecurity of connected and autonomous vehicles;

-          Cybersecurity and AI for digital twin;

-          Management framework for intelligent secure networking.

-          Cybersecurity management to protect organizations’ sensitive data using intelligent learning techniques;

-          AI-enabled digital investigation;


Planned Schedule
Open-submission schedule: in this special issue, we implement an “open” submission approach, where we do not have a submission time period. Interested authors can submit the paper any time before the fixed deadline, and the review process will begin right after the paper submission, i.e., in a first-in first-serve fashion. The submission schedule is:

-          Manuscript due: October 31st, 2020.

-          Revision notification: within two months after the submission.

-          Revised paper due: within one month after the revision notification.

-          Final notification: one month after the revised paper notification.

-          Expected Publication of the Special Issue: Second Quarter of 2021 (early accepted papers will be accessible online before the deadline).

Submission Format and Review Guidelines
The submitted manuscripts must be written in English and describe original research neither published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Parallel submissions will not be accepted. All papers will undergo a similarity check using iThenticate and the work similarity should be below 20%. All submitted papers, if relevant to the theme and objectives of the special issue, will go through an external peer-review process. Submissions should (i) conform strictly to the Instructions for Authors available on the JNSM website and (ii) be submitted through the Editorial Management system available at

Guest Editors of the Special Issue:

●       Moayad Aloqaily, xAnalytics Inc., Canada

●       Salil Kanhere, UNSW Sydney, Australia

●       Paolo Bellavista, DEIS, Università di Bologna, Italy

●       Michele Nogueira, Federal University of Parana, Brazil