Call for Articles for IEEE Computer

Computer seeks submissions for a June 2014 special issue on 
methodologies and solutions for mobile application security.

With the ubiquitous use of mobile devices, mobile application security 
has become an important research topic. Compared with personal computers 
or servers, mobile devices store much more sensitive personal 
information and are thus attractive targets for attackers seeking 
financial gain. Because these devices are always online and have a 
restricted user interface, it is easier for attackers to hide their 
malicious activities. This special issue aims to present high-quality 
articles describing security algorithms, protocols, policies, and 
frameworks for applications running on modern mobile platforms such as 
Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile. Only submissions describing previously 
unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research that are not currently 
under review by a conference or journal will be considered.

Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

 o app and app store security and privacy;
 o benchmarking and evaluation of mobile security solutions;
 o bots on mobile devices;
 o cloud security and privacy, as related to mobile devices;
 o mobile device forensics;
 o security and privacy in mobile device operating systems and middleware;
 o mobile malware collection, statistics, and analysis;
 o mobile services and social networking security;
 o reverse engineering and automated analysis of mobile malware;
 o security for smart payment applications, including near-field 
 o standardization efforts related to developing and vetting mobile apps;
 o testbeds and case studies for mobile platforms;
 o traffic monitoring and detection algorithms for mobile platforms;
 o virtualization solutions for mobile security; and
 o Web browser security on mobile devices.

Articles should be original and understandable to a broad audience of 
computing science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on 
theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. All manuscripts are 
subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to 
Computer's readership. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for 
content and style.

The guest editors for this special issue include

Ying-Dar Lin, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (lead:;
Chun-Ying Huang, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan 
Matthew Wright, University of Texas at Arlington (; and
Georgios Kambourakis, University of the Aegean, Samos, Greece 

Submissions are due by 15 December 2013. For author guidelines and 
information on how to submit a manuscript, visit

Manuscript Submission: December 15, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: February 1, 2014
Final Manuscript Due: March 1, 2014
Publication: June 2014