Special Issue: Special Issue on “Cyber Security in Internet of Vehicles (IoV)”

Special Issue on “Cyber Security in Internet of Vehicles (IoV)”

Rapid urbanization and improved quality of life have drastically raised the rate of motorization across urban areas. It is estimated that more than half of the global population make use of their vehicles for day to day transportation activities. This leads to the proliferation of various concerns such as congestion, complications in vehicle parking, pollution, increased traffic rates, road accidents, etc. Among them traffic management and safety assistance are found to be the most significant challenges across today’s transportation systems; if left unaddressed may lead to serious consequences on both the environment as well as human lives. In recent years, there is an emerging trend of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) that controls coordinate and manage increasing traffic rates and transportation difficulties. Development in Information technology, communication systems, internet connectivity, data collection, and analysis has drastically changed the traditional transportation facilities to modern intelligent transportation systems. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Vehicular ad-hoc Networks (VANET), VANET cloud (VC), and Internet of Vehicles (IoV) are some of the notable applications of modern intelligent transport systems. However, the advent of digital innovation in the modern transportation system does not guarantee the future of security and reliability factors; indeed it needs more sustainable developments.

Internet of Vehicles (IoV) is the advanced evolution of conventional VANET systems, which consists of a network of entities such as vehicles, pedestrians, car parks, roads and city infrastructures that provides real-time communication between them. In an IoV system communication between various entities take place through three different means such as Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), and Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P). Since the IoV system act as a common infrastructure for third party users to leverage and interact with underlying vehicle services, it becomes the prime attack surface concern for the attackers and intruders. Further, in a vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication, most of the decisions are data-driven and it is necessary for the information to instantly accessible and consistent. In such cases, it is critical that the information provided should be accurate and comes from an authenticated source. Even a slight deviation in IoV data accuracy and unauthorized data access could create a greater impact on drivers and other potential system users. Thus, it has become mandatory to design and implement effective security solutions that identify and respond to possibly inaccurate, missing, malicious, and injected data. At present, there exists a set of standard security protocols for IoV systems. However, with the growing technological confluences of cyber threats traditional IoV security mechanisms are subject to change continuously with an increased need for data security and confidentiality measures.

This special issue aims to address innovative cyber security solutions for IoV systems. We welcome the most innovative cyber security approaches and state-of-the-art research findings to address security challenges in IoV communication and data storage processes. The proposed security solutions should be novel, unpublished, and in-depth research that makes significant contributions to protect IoV systems from increasing cyber threats. The topics of the special issue include but not limited to the following:

  • Privacy and security mechanisms for Internet of Vehicles (IoV)
  • Enhanced cyber security methods and standards for vehicle to vehicle (V2V), vehicle to pedestrian (V2P) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication in IoV environment
  • Trust based cyber security protocols for end to end communication in IoV infrastructures
  • Enhancing location based services and navigation in IoV with advanced security protocols
  • Automotive cyber security: vision, architecture and future directions
  • Decentralized system architectures, communication protocols, consensus algorithms and strategies for IoV
  • Methods and protocols to enhance IoV cyber security with intelligent systems such as artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms
  • Sustainable smart vehicles and cyber security solutions
  • Authentication and authorization mechanisms for IoV using cyber security
  • Frontiers in cyber security for IoV
  • Growing impact of cyber threats in real-world IoV systems and its effective solutions  


Instructions for Manuscripts:

Each paper, written in English, the maximum words number in each paper should be below 8,000 words, including references and illustrations. Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at https://jit.ndhu.edu.tw/about/submissions#authorGuidelines. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/internet-tech. When submitting papers, authors should specify that the manuscript is for Special Issue on “Cyber Security in Internet of Vehicles (IoV). The manuscript template can be found at https://jit.ndhu.edu.tw/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.

Important Dates:

Article Submission Deadline Date:

15 December 2020

Authors Notification Date:

15 February 2021

Revised Papers Due Date:

15 April 2021

Final notification Date:

15 July 2021

Tentative Publication Date:

the Fourth Quarter in 2021


Guest Editors:

Dr. Neeraj Kumar [Leading Guest Editor]

Full Professor,

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Thapar Institute of Engineering, Thapar University, India

Email: neeraj.kumar@thapar.edu, neeraj.kumar.in@ieee.org


Dr. Seungmin (Charlie) Rho
Assistant Professor
Department of Software, Sejong University, Seoul, Korea (Republic of)

Email: smrho@Sejong.edu


Dr. Mamoun Alazab

Senior member IEEE

Associate Professor,

College of Engineering, IT and Environment, Charles Darwin University, Australia

Founding Chair: IEEE Northern Territory Subsection

Email: alazab.m@ieee.org