Journal of Internet Services and Information Security

Special Issue on 
Hardware, Software and Infrastructure aspect for Cybersecurity Challenges in Smart Cities and IoT

Guest Editors

    • Dr. Mehrdad Tirandazian, Department of Computer Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 
    • Dr. Sk Md Mizanur Rahman, School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS), Centennial College, Toronto, Canada, 
    • Dr. Isaac Woungang, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, Email:
    • Dr. Raylin Tso, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, Email:
    • Dr. Mehedi Masud, Taif University, KSA, Email:

        Aims and Scope

        It is expected that smart cities can enhance the quality of daily life, foster sustainable development and increase the efficiency of urban structures. Multiple architectures have been developed to keep up with the growth of smart cities. However, there is no uniform IoT architecture that covers different aspect of cybersecurity challenges in this domain. Thus, cybersecurity challenges with respect to the hardware, software and infrastructure have become a major concern now that many smart systems have been deployed, requiring effective countermeasures. Furthermore, because of the heterogeneity, scalability, and dynamic characteristics of smart cities, traditional cybersecurity protection strategies can not be applied directly to these intelligent applications. In addition, when developing, implementing and deploying new processes, programmes, and devices, then the policies, privacy risks, and protection mechanism need to be made aware of.

        Motivated by the above factors, this special issue explores the solution for the research challenges of Cybersecurity in Smart Cities and IoT.

        Topics for this Special Issue include (but are not limited to):

        • Cybersecurity and privacy in smart city and IoT
        • Cybersecurity and privacy in cloud/fog/edge computing
        • Security architectures and protection mechanisms smart city and IoT
        • Cybersecurity challenges and corresponding policy development 
        • Threat models and attack strategies for IoT and smart City
        • Authentication challenges and corresponding system development
        • Models for risk identification and assessment in IoT networks
        • Lightweight cryptographic algorithms and protocols for IoT and smart city
        • Data privacy in IoT and smart city
        • Cross-layer/cross-domain/cross-service security in IoT and smart city
        • Security and privacy related policies in IoT and smart city
        • Authentication in IoT and smart city
        • Security and privacy in connected vehicle 
        • Security and privacy issues in Big data analytics for mobility-enabled services

        Important Dates

        • Regular Paper Submission Deadline: 15 November 2020
        • Notification: 15 January 2021
        • Revised Version (incl. Rebuttal): 15 February 2021
        • Final Notification: 15 March 2021
        • Camera-ready Version: 15 April 2021


        To submit a paper, please log onto the JISIS online submission system at
        The paper should include a cover paper indicating that it is submitted to this special issue while being submitted as a Regular Submissions.