Call for Papers: Special Issue on Cybersecurity and Privacy in Global Conflict and Disaster Regions

IEEE Security & Privacy seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.
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Submissions Due: 14 October 2024

Important Dates

Publication: May/June 2025

Electronic surveillance and cyberattacks are used in occupied conflict regions by aggressors to monitor, cut off communications, intimidate, disrupt, or target [3]. Cyberatttacks are also levied across borders against countries, their populations, and institutions [4], as well as against the United Nations [5] and international, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing humanitarian aid [6,7,8,9]. And, attackers are known to take advantage of individuals in vulnerable situations following major natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, and wildfires [10].  

This Special Issue of IEEE Security & Privacy on “Cybersecurity and Privacy in Global Conflict and Disaster Regions” solicits articles on topics related to the aforementioned situations, including threats, mitigations, policies, and future directions.

To better convey scope, a few examples of articles published in other venues that demonstrate desired scope of this Special Issue include (but are not limited to):

Submitted articles should focus on facts and emphasize technical or scientific aspects (including human factors) of cybersecurity and privacy, or threats to cybersecurity and privacy,  in global conflict and disaster regions.  We encourage a broad and unbiased exploration and discussion of various threats, mitigations, and situations.

Pieces focusing on important topics such as social media, mis/disinformation and generative AI are only in scope insofar as those pieces tie strongly to cybersecurity and privacy.

Not in scope for this issue include articles that are opinion pieces or political in nature. 

When in doubt about scope, prospective authors should please recall traditional themes of cybersecurity and privacy conference and journal venues. 

Submission Guidelines

For author information, including style guidance and formatting requirements, please visit the Author Information page. Full papers (5000-7000 words) and more technical pieces will be peer-reviewed, as is typical for IEEE Security & Privacy.  Shorter or less technical pieces (2000-4000 words) will be reviewed and managed internally by the Editorial Board.  Manuscripts should not be published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. 

All pieces should initially be sent to for a determination by the Editorial Board on the article category and associated next steps.  Manuscripts that are determined best addressed via peer review will be redirected to submission via ManuscriptCentral.


Contact the guest editors at

  • Sean Peisert, Berkeley Lab and UC Davis, USA
  • Trent Jaeger, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Fabio Massacci, University of Trento, Italy, and VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Nele Mentens, KU Leuven, Belgium, and Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Laurie Williams, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Jianying Zhou, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
  • Mary Ellen Zurko, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA