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SI on SPIHG 2022 : IEEE S&P CfP: Special Issue on Security and Privacy Issues of Home Globalization


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Submission Deadline May 15, 2021
Notification Due Sep 25, 2021
Final Version Due Oct 15, 2021
Categories    security   privacy   IOT

Call For Papers

IEEE Security & Privacy CFP:
Special Issue on Security and Privacy Issues of Home Globalization

In recent years, people are reshaping their homes into smart homes by using a wide array of home-based IoT devices, for instance, inter-connected lights, locks, sensors, actuators, wearables and home appliances accessible through 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 and even smart 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 different abuses including adaptations of well-known cyber-attacks leveraging the variety of data and devices populating modern apartments and houses. Besides, the use of both home-based and consumer IoT frameworks cause to intrinsically collect and manage information tightly coupled with the everyday life of individuals and can thus be considered as a source of sensitive data which is of interest for profiling or reconnaissance attempts. Therefore, the resulting home globalization requires 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 to rethink and develop new defenses and solutions, as well as to address new social challenges for law enforcement agencies, policy makers and forensics professionals.
This special issue aims at collecting the most relevant ongoing research efforts in security and privacy field, concerning the 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:
 Manuscript submission: 15 May 2021
 First review complete: 30 June 2021
 Acceptance notification: 25 September 2021
 Camera-ready version: 15 October 2021
 Publication date: January 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
- Luca Caviglione, IMATI, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
- Steffen Wendzel, Worms University of Applied Sciences, Germany
- Simon Vrhovec, University of Maribor, Slovenia
- Aleksandra Mileva, University Goce Delcev, Republic of N. Macedonia

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