CLOSED: Thematic Section on Cybersecurity and Resilience

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The technological and industrial revolution brought by complex cyber-physical systems (CPSs) comes with new threats and cyber-attacks that exploit their inherent complexity and heterogeneity. These attacks have a significant negative impact on the operation of various services in critical sectors, like Industry 4.0, intelligent transportation, and smart healthcare, which provide the vital functions that our societies depend upon.

Systems under attack should exhibit resilience in the form of graceful degradation and/or operational continuity and fast recovery of core functions in order to avoid potentially uncontrolled cascading effects. To this end, the emerging field of cyber-resilience can be understood as a mixture of strategies, methods, and techniques to support complex CPS adaptive capacity during cyber-attacks.

The 2021 IEEE International Conference of Cyber Security and Resilience 2021 (IEEE CSR), 1st Edition, was held on 26–28 July in virtual mode ( and was focused on theoretical and practical aspects of the security, privacy, trust, and resilience of networks, systems, and services as well as novel ways for dealing with their vulnerabilities and mitigating sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Authors of selected high-quality papers from the conference that fit the TETC scope have been invited to submit extended versions of their original papers. Invited authors are encouraged to submit a manuscript to this thematic section. Relevant topics of interest to this thematic section include (but are not limited to):

  • Foundations of cyber-resilience
  • AI/ML for cybersecurity and resilience
  • Self-adaptation in cybersecurity and resilience
  • Cyber-range platforms
  • Cyber-threats intelligence
  • Cybersecurity training
  • Dynamic cyber-risk management
  • Distributed ledger technology for cybersecurity
  • Gamification in cybersecurity
  • Game-theoretic based cyber-risk response and mitigation
  • Human factors in cyber-resilience
  • Simulation in cybersecurity and resilience


deadline for submissions: January 31, 2022
– first decision (accept/reject/revise, tentative): March 31, 2022
– submission of revised papers: April 30, 2022
– notification of final decision (tentative): May 31, 2022
– journal publication (tentative): second half of 2022

Submission Guidelines

This thematic section only accepts submissions upon invitation. To submit to this thematic section, author(s) should have received a prior written invitation by the guest editors, otherwise the non-invited manuscripts will be withdrawn/unsubmitted.

Submitted papers must include new significant research-based technical contributions in the scope of the journal. Purely theoretical, technological or lacking methodological-and-generality papers are not suitable to this thematic section. The submissions must include clear evaluations of the proposed solutions (based on simulation and/or implementations results) and comparisons to state-of-the-art solutions. For additional information, please contact the guest editors by sending an email to

Papers under review elsewhere are not acceptable for submission. Extended versions of published conference papers (to be included as part of the submission together with a summary of differences) are welcome but there must have at least 40% of new impacting technical or scientific material in the submitted journal version, and there should be less than 50% verbatim similarity level as reported by a tool (such as CrossRef).

Guidelines concerning the submission process and LaTeX and Word templates can be found here. As per TETC policies, only full-length papers (10-16 pages with technical material, double column – papers beyond 12 pages will be subject to MOPC, as per CS policies) can be submitted to special/thematic sections. References should not exceed 45 items and each author’s bio should not exceed 150 words.

While submitting through ScholarOne, please select the Manuscript Type option “Thematic Section on Cybersecurity and Resilience.”

Guest Editors:

Francesco Flammini, Mälardalen University, Sweden (IEEE Senior Member)
Cristina Alcaraz, University of Malaga, Spain (IEEE Member)

Corresponding TETC Editor: Weiqiang Liu, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China (IEEE Senior Member)