Special Issue: Strengthening Critical Infrastructure Resilience against Cybersecurity Risks

Call for papers for: Organizational Cybersecurity Journal: Practice, Process and People

Call for Papers

 

Special Issue: Strengthening Critical Infrastructure Resilience against Cybersecurity Risks

 

Most prior Information Systems research has focused on threats to organisations and individuals. However, infrastructure, as the operational intersection that joins these actors together, has received comparatively little attention in prior work. In many cases, this infrastructure was installed or constructed decades ago, and their vulnerabilities remain hidden. These vulnerabilities are likely to affect critical infrastructure in a range of industries, including transportation, energy networks, hazardous and chemical materials management, pharmaceutical development and distribution, communications networks, and wider supply chains. Further, while it was traditionally believed that only national governments and state actors would possess the resources and incentives to successfully target critical infrastructure, today’s threat field has broadened and is more likely to comprise terrorist groups, industrial spies, organized crime groups, hacktivists and hackers.

Research is needed into how to identify, manage and protect such vulnerabilities, techniques for secure design of infrastructure assets, and insight into perpetrator motives and behaviours for such attacks. This special issue seeks empirical and conceptual research papers that focus on the following topics, among others:

  • Approaches to detecting and identifying infrastructure threats and vulnerabilities
  • Behavioural security threats to next generation infrastructural communications and networking, including 5G and beyond
  • Critical analyses of enterprise infrastructure development and planning initiatives and processes
  • Detecting, mitigating and preventing insider sabotage, including behavioural analyses of motives, attitudes, activities and planning
  • Threat mitigation and control effects of infrastructure investment, maintenance, review and planning activities
  • Infrastructure security threats posed by disgruntled or poorly trained insiders, employees, ex-employees and contractors
  • Critical assessment of cyber security regulatory frameworks and standards (governance, risk, compliance) for ensuring infrastructure security and resilience

We fundamentally seek papers that are clearly written, are technically relevant and appropriate, make an effective theoretical contribution through theory and conceptual testing and development, make an empirical contribution through appropriate and rigorous analysis and testing, and present enlightening practical implications. We welcome cross-disciplinary work.

Papers should focus on behavioural aspects of threats to critical infrastructure – general cybersecurity work is not appropriate for this special issue. If in doubt, please contact one of the guest editors for guidance.

Timeline

April 20, 2021 – Submission system opens for research papers

October 30, 2021 – Submission deadline for research papers

January 10, 2022 – First round of reviews returned to authors

April 05, 2022 – Revised papers resubmitted

May 15, 2022 – Final decision sent to authors

June 20, 2022 – Final manuscript submitted

September 2022 – Publication of Special Issue

Guest Editors

Michael Lane, University of Southern Queensland ([email protected])                                       

Sigi Goode, Australian National University ([email protected])