Symmetry and Asymmetry in Cybersecurity

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2024 | Viewed by 162

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jiale Zhang
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Guest Editor
School of Information Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China
Interests: AI security and privacy protection; blockchain security; federated learning; moving edge computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Cybersecurity is a rapidly evolving field, and understanding the dynamics of symmetry and asymmetry is crucial in addressing emerging threats and vulnerabilities. Symmetry and asymmetry in cybersecurity refer to the balance or imbalance of power, resources, and strategies between attackers and defenders in the digital realm. This interplay has a profound impact on the effectiveness of security measures, the resilience of systems, and the overall state of cybersecurity.

This Special Issue aims to explore the concept of symmetry and asymmetry in the context of cybersecurity. We invite researchers, scholars, and practitioners to contribute original research articles, reviews, and case studies that delve into various aspects of this theme.

Topics of Interest are (but are not limited to):

  1. Symmetric and Asymmetric Cyber Warfare: Analyzing the strategies, tactics, and tools employed by nation-states and non-state actors in cyber conflicts;
  2. Attack–Defense Asymmetry: Investigating the disparity between cyber attackers and defenders and the strategies used to mitigate this imbalance;
  3. Economic Aspects of Cybersecurity: Exploring the cost-effectiveness of cybersecurity measures and the economics of cybercrime;
  4. Human Aspects of Cybersecurity: Examining the role of human factors, psychology, and behavior in symmetric and asymmetric cyber-attacks;
  5. Machine Learning and AI in Cybersecurity: Assessing the use of AI-driven technologies in both offensive and defensive cyber operations;
  6. Legal and Ethical Dimensions: Discussing the legal and ethical implications of cyber conflict, including state-sponsored cyber activities;
  7. Resilience and Recovery: Strategies and techniques for building resilient systems and effective recovery plans in the face of cyber threats;
  8. Cybersecurity Policy and Governance: Analyzing government policies and international agreements related to cyber warfare and defense.

Dr. Jiale Zhang
Guest Editor

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  • network security
  • applied cryptography
  • symmetric/asymmetry
  • cryptography attack
  • detection and mitigation
  • AI security
  • software security
  • data security
  • privacy preservation

Published Papers

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