IEEE Communications Magazine - Feature Topic on Traffic Measurements
for Cyber Security

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Manuscript Submission: October 1, 2016
Decision Notification: February 1, 2017
Final Manuscripts Due: April 15, 2017
Publication Date: July 2017





In today’s world, societies are becoming more and more dependent on
open networks such as the Internet – where commercial activities,
business transactions and government services are realized. This has
led to the fast development of new cyber threats and numerous
information security issues which cyber criminals exploit. The
inability to provide trusted secure services in contemporary computer
network technologies has a tremendous unfavorable socio-economic
impact on global enterprises as well as individuals.

Current communication networks are increasingly becoming pervasive,
complex, and ever-evolving due to factors like enormous growth in the
number of network users, continuous appearance of network
applications, increasing amount of data transferred, and diversity of
user behaviors. Understanding and measuring traffic in such networks
is a not only difficult yet vital task for network management but
recently also for cyber security purposes.

Network traffic measuring and monitoring can, enable the analysis of
the spreading of malicious software and its capabilities or can help
us understand the nature of various network threats including those
that exploit users’ behavior and other user’s sensitive information.
On the other hand, network traffic investigation can also help us
assess the effectiveness of the existing countermeasures or contribute
to building new, better ones. Recently, traffic measurements have been
utilized in the area of economics of cyber security e.g. to assess ISP
“badness” or to estimate the revenue of cyber criminals.

The aim of this feature topic is to bring together the research
accomplishments by academic and industry researchers. The other goal is
to show the latest research results in the field of cyber security and
understand how traffic measurements can influence it. We encourage
prospective authors to submit related distinguished research papers on
the subject of both theoretical approaches and practical case reviews.

This special issue presents some of the most relevant ongoing research
in cyber security seen from the traffic measurements perspective. Topics
include, but are not limited to the following:

- Measurements for network incidents response, investigation and
evidence handling
- Measurements for network anomalies detection
- Measurements for economics of cyber security
- Network traffic analysis to discover the nature and evolution of the
cyber security threats
- Measurements for assessing the effectiveness of the threats
detection/prevention methods and countermeasures
- Novel passive, active and hybrid measurements techniques for cyber
security purposes
- Traffic classification and topology discovery tools for monitoring the
evolving status of the network from the cyber security perspective
- Correlation of measurements across multiple layers, protocols or
networks for cyber security purposes
- Novel visualization approaches to detect network attacks and other threats
- Analysis of network traffic to provide new insights about network
structure and behavior from the security perspective
- Measurements of network protocol and applications behavior and its
impact on cyber security and users’ privacy
- Measurements related to network security and privacy


Manuscript Submission: October 1, 2016
Decision Notification: February 1, 2017
Final Manuscripts Due: April 15, 2017
Publication Date: July 2017


Wojciech Mazurczyk, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Koji Nakao, KDDI / NICT, Japan
Maciej Korczyński, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Engin Kirda, Northeastern University, USA
Cristian Hesselman, SIDN Labs, The Netherlands
Katsunari Yoshioka, Yokohama National University, Japan


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