[FM-India] IEEE Security & Privacy - SI on Home Globalization

Simon Vrhovec (EICC) eicc.pr at gmail.com
Thu May 13 03:29:21 IST 2021

Deadline extended to 31 May 2021!

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IEEE Security & Privacy

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Security and Privacy Issues of Home 

In recent years, people have been reshaping their homes into smart homes 
by using a wide array of home-based Internet of Things (IoT) devices, 
including inter-connected lights, locks, sensors, actuators, wearables, 
and appliances accessible through the Internet and controlled locally 
(e.g., via voice) or remotely (e.g., via mobile phone). These smart home 
devices are complemented by laptops, mobile phones, game consoles, 
electronical health equipment, and many other consumer IoT nodes, which 
are constantly used at home for work, pleasure, health, and 
entertainment, just to mention the most common purposes. The emerging 
pervasiveness of IoT technologies is transforming homes into globalized 
homes in which devices supporting everyday activities can be accessed 
from anywhere. Although home globalization has its benefits, it also 
covertly renders homes more insecure and less private places where 
individuals are exposed to more and more varying threats from the 
outside world.

Despite the benefits, home globalization and the used technologies have 
led to many security threats and privacy breaches. In fact, home-based 
IoT technologies at the basis of globalized homes are becoming prone to 
abuses including adaptations of well-known cyber-attacks leveraging the 
variety of data and devices populating modern apartments and houses. In 
addition, both home-based and consumer IoT frameworks collect and manage 
information that is tightly coupled with the everyday life of 
individuals and can thus be considered a source of sensitive data that 
is of interest for profiling or reconnaissance attempts. Therefore, the 
resulting home globalization requires us to face new threats and risks 
leading to different challenges. In fact, modern homes are 
technologically balkanized with services provided via different 
technologies (IEEE 802.15.4, home/consumer IoT, voice-based assistants) 
and by multiple vendors (device and software) often by using a cloud- or 
fog-based scheme. Additional challenges stem from the relatively covert 
introduction of new risks during home globalization, as people tend to 
put more focus on functionalities of new smart devices than the security 
and privacy implications of their use. In this perspective, enforcing 
security and privacy in such a scenario requires rethinking and 
developing new defenses and solutions, as well as addressing new social 
challenges for law enforcement agencies, policy makers, and forensics 

This special issue aims at collecting the most relevant ongoing research 
efforts in the security and privacy field concerning home globalization. 
Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Security management of home-based and consumer IoT
- Network security of globalized homes
- Adoption of cybersecurity measures in globalized homes, including 
child safety
- Surveillance, interception, blocking, and sovereignty in home-based 
IoT environments
- De-anonymization, AI-based social inference, integrity, and privacy leaks
- Stealth communication, information hiding threats, and their detection 
in home-based IoT environments
- Cybercrime investigation, law, jurisdiction, and ethics in home-based 
IoT environments

Important Dates

Submissions due: 31 May 2021
First review complete: 30 June 2021
Acceptance notification: 25 September 2021
Camera-ready version: 15 October 2021
Publication: January/February 2022
Submission Guidelines

Original and high-quality contributions that have not yet been published 
and are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed 
conferences are sought. The submitted papers should be formatted 
according to the journal style. For more detailed information concerning 
the requirements for submission, please refer to the journal’s Author 
Information webpage:


All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted 
through the online submission system. During the submission process, 
authors should select the special-issue option “Security and Privacy 
Issues of Home Globalization.” All papers will be rigorously reviewed 
based on their originality, high scientific quality, organization, 
clarity of writing, conclusions, and relevance to this special issue. 
The manuscripts will be accepted or rejected in line with the usual 
standards of the journal.
Guest Editors

Contact the guest editors at sp1-22 at computer.org.

- Luca Caviglione, IMATI, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
- Steffen Wendzel, Worms University of Applied Sciences & Fraunhofer 
FKIE, Germany
- Simon Vrhovec, University of Maribor, Slovenia
- Aleksandra Mileva, University Goce Delcev, Republic of N. Macedonia
Simon Vrhovec
EICC Steering Committee

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