y CFP: Computer Communications Journal, Special Issue on Security and Privacy in Unified Communications: Challenges and Solutions

*Call for Papers*

Computer Communications Journal, Elsevier
(Current Impact Factor: 1.079)

Special Issue on:
Security and Privacy in Unified Communications: Challenges and Solutions

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Unified Communications (UC) merge different communication technologies,
types of products, and services, from various manufacturers, operators, and
countries, following diverse policies and standards. Specifically, in the
context of UC, a range of communication tools are integrated in a way that
both corporations and individuals are able to manage all their
communications in one entity instead of doing it disjointly. It is
therefore said that UC bridges the opening between the various computer
related communication technologies and Voice over IP (VoIP). However, this
high level of heterogeneity expands the risks related to security and
privacy that stakeholders should deal with. To eliminate or even prevent
the increasing threats to end-users and operators, it is important to
explore this growing and timely research topic.
This feature topic will benefit the research community towards identifying
challenges and disseminating the latest methodologies and solutions to UC
security and privacy issues. Its objective is to publish high-quality
articles presenting open issues, algorithms, protocols, policies,
frameworks, standards, and solutions for UC related to security and
privacy. Only technical papers describing previously unpublished, original,
state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference
or a journal will be considered. Reviews and case studies which address
state-of-art research and state-of-practice industry experiences are also
welcomed. We solicit papers in a variety of topics related to unified
communications security and privacy, including, but not limited to:

- Authorization and access control for UC services
- Denial of service prevention schemes for UC
- Reliability and availability issues on UC
- Penetration testing, intrusion detection and prevention
- End-to-end security solutions
- Cryptographic protocols for UC
- Voice security
- Signaling security and privacy
- Multimedia application security and privacy analysis
- Multimedia communication platforms vulnerabilities and attacks
- Security and privacy in mobile communication services
- Smartphone multimedia apps security and privacy
- Social networking security and privacy
- Testbed and case studies for secure and private UC services
- Trust establishment in UC
- IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) security
- Privacy and identity management
- Privacy enhancing technologies for UC
- Privacy models for UC
- Security and privacy assessment for UC
- Security policies
- Auditing, verification, and validation of UC services
- Risk analysis and management
- Cyber-security issues affecting UC
- Protection of UC as a Critical Information Infrastructure
- VoIP peering security issues

All received submissions will be sent out for peer review by at least two
experts in the field and evaluated with respect to relevance to the special
issue, level of innovation, depth of contributions, and quality of
presentation. Guest editors will make an initial determination of the
suitability and scope of all submissions. Papers that either lack
originality, clarity in presentation or fall outside the scope of the
special issue will not be sent for review and the authors will be promptly
informed in such cases. Submitted papers must not be under consideration by
any other journal or publication.


Manuscript submission deadline: October 31, 2014
Pre-notification (first round): January 30, 2015
Final-notification (second round): April 3, 2015
Publication of special issue: 2015 (Tentative)

Submission Details

Authors should follow the instructions available at http://ees.elsevier.com/comcom
- kindly click the "Guide for Authors" link in the top box on the
right side. When submitting the article, select "UC Security and
Privacy" in the "Select an Article Type" box in the submission

Guest Editors

Georgios Karopoulos
Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy
e-mail: georgios.karopoulos@jrc.ec.europa.eu

Georgios Portokalidis
Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
e-mail: gportoka@stevens.edu

Josep Domingo-Ferrer
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia
e-mail: josep.domingo@urv.cat

Ying-Dar Lin
National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan
e-mail: ydlin@cs.nctu.edu.tw

Dimitris Geneiatakis
Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy
e-mail: dimitrios.geneiatakis@jrc.ec.europa.eu

Georgios Kambourakis
University of the Aegean, Greece
e-mail: gkamb@aegean.gr