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February 13, 2007

Special Issue Focuses on Security for Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks

Astrid Engelen
Editorial Office IOS Press
Tel.: + 31 20 688 33 55
Photo of Dr. NingAmsterdam, February 12, 2007 – The Journal of Computer Security (JCS) has released a special issue featuring articles on security for ad hoc and sensor networks research. Dr. Peng Ning of North Carolina State University and Dr. Wenliang Du of Syracuse University served as guest editors for the special issue.
Ad hoc and sensor networks present unique challenges in the area of security given their lack of a secure infrastructure, dynamic topology and severe resource restraints. The research presented in the six articles comprising the special issue cover a variety of topics including trust establishment in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANETs), security of vehicular ad-hoc networks, secure aggregation in sensor networks, detecting misbehaviors in ad-hoc networks, secure group communication, and distributed signature protocols for ad-hoc networks.
“Ad-hoc and sensor networks will become increasingly more important, especially in the areas of military defense and disaster recovery,” said Ning. “Security is a big concern in these networks, so researchers are working on developing security systems that provide multiple lines of defense, including detection of physical attacks and compromised nodes.”
Examples of ad-hoc and sensor networks that are currently being developed are vehicular networks that allow the transmission of traffic information, networks that allow tanks and fighter jets to communicate directly on the battlefield and sensor networks that use multiple sensor nodes to monitor an environment.
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About the editors
Peng Ning is an associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received his PhD degree in Information Technology from George Mason University in 2001. Prior to his PhD study, he received an ME in communication and electronic systems in 1997, and a BS degree in information science in 1994, both from University of Science and Technology of China. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER award. Ning is a member of the ACM, the ACM SIGSAC, the IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society. His research interests are mainly in computer and network security. He is particularly interested in new techniques for intrusion detection and security in sensor and ad hoc networks.
Dr. Wenliang Du is an assistant professor of computer and information science in the L. C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 2001. He is a member of the ACM, the IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society. His research interests are computer system and network security, data mining and security and privacy issues, and privacy-preserving distributed computing.
About IOS Press
IOS Press ( publishes some 85 international journals and approximately 100 book titles a year, ranging from computer sciences and mathematics to medicine and the natural sciences. Commencing its publishing activities in 1987, IOS Press serves a variety of scientific and medical communities in all parts of the world. IOS Press is a rapidly growing publishing company that embraces new technologies for the dissemination of information. All journals are available online and an online book platform has been launched in the first half of 2006. Following its founding, IOS Press established several co-publishing initiatives. Its most recent expansion is the acquisition of Delft University Press at the end of 2005.  IOS Press also maintains offices in the Washington, DC area, Berlin and a co-publishing relationship with Ohmsha, Ltd (Tokyo).

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