As a follow-up to the SecSoft workshop, GUARD (together with other projects) is co-organizing another interesting Call for Papers. Share your latest research results by submitting your manuscript to the Elsevier Computer Networks Special Issue on “Novel Cyber-Security Paradigms for Software-defined and Virtualized Systems”. 

Evolving business models are progressively reshaping ICT services and infrastructures, with a growing “softwarization” trend, the massive introduction of virtualization paradigms, and the tight integration with the physical environment. Unfortunately, the evolution of cyber-security paradigms has not followed at the same pace, leading to a substantial gap in solutions capable of protecting the new forms of distributed and heterogeneous systems against an evolving landscape of cyber-threats.


Traditional security tools and approaches that organizations have long relied on to protect their networks are no longer capable of providing enough security guarantees against the rapid escalation of advanced persistent threats and multi-vector attacks. The growing complexity of cyber-attacks is urgently demanding more correlation in space and time of (apparently) independent events and logs, and a higher degree of coordination among different security mechanisms.

The goal of this special Elsevier Computer Network issue on “Novel Cyber-Security Paradigms for Software-defined and Virtualized Systems” is to gather novel paradigms and approaches for providing organizations appropriate situational awareness in relation to cybersecurity threats, quick detection, and effective response methods to sophisticated cyber-attacks. The deadline for submitted manuscripts is 1 August 2020. 

For more information about the call for papers, suggested topics and submission guidelines, please visit the Elsevier website.

Guest Editors

Fulvio Valenza, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Matteo Repetto, CNR-IMATI, Italy
Stavros Shiaeles, University of Portsmouth, UK