Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Physical Layer Security for Internet of Things

Publishing date
01 Feb 2019
Submission deadline
05 Oct 2018

Lead Editor

1Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

2University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China

3University of Dayton, Ohio, USA

4University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

5Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China

Physical Layer Security for Internet of Things


Internet of Things (IoT) enables physical objects to sense, communicate, and perform certain actions on demand, which can facilitate a multitude of applications, including smart home, smart city, and intelligent transportation system. Along with the advantages of IoT is the security issue. In IoT, the security threats are even extended from the cyber world to cyber-physical world. To ensure security, the typical approach is through upper-layer cryptographic algorithms/protocols. However, they heavily rely on the availability of key management system and might be comprised as the computation power of adversaries keeps increasing.

As a complement, information-theoretic security can be provided by exploiting the characteristics of the physical (PHY) layer, even though adversaries have infinite computational capabilities. With recent advances in computing, artificial intelligence, signal processing, coding, and so on, PHY security can be further enhanced to protect data and authenticate legitimate users in IoT. The purpose of this special issue is to publish original efforts describing theoretical and practical research endeavors in the domain of PHY layer security for IoT.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Physical layer authentication for IoT
  • Antijamming approaches for IoT
  • Physical layer key generation for IoT
  • PHY based secure communications for IoT
  • Artificial intelligence aided PHY security
  • Advanced signal processing for IoT security
  • Lightweight PHY security and PHY location protection for IoT
  • Cross-layer design for secure communications


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2627938
  • - Editorial

Physical Layer Security for Internet of Things

Ning Zhang | Dajiang Chen | ... | Zhiqing Wei
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 3430165
  • - Research Article

Secure and Smartphone-Assisted Reprogramming for Wireless Sensor Networks Based on Visible Light Communication

Jiefan Qiu | Chenglin Li | YueRan Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 9340808
  • - Research Article

A Lightweight Fine-Grained Search Scheme over Encrypted Data in Cloud-Assisted Wireless Body Area Networks

Mingsheng Cao | Luhan Wang | ... | Chunwei Lou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4870656
  • - Research Article

Machine Learning Based Antenna Design for Physical Layer Security in Ambient Backscatter Communications

Tao Hong | Cong Liu | Michel Kadoch
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5012096
  • - Research Article

Energy-Efficient Transmission Based on Direct Links: Toward Secure Cooperative Internet of Things

Xiaohui Shang | Aijun Liu | ... | Yong Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 3078272
  • - Research Article

SCCAF: A Secure and Compliant Continuous Assessment Framework in Cloud-Based IoT Context

Xiang Li | Xin Jin | ... | Xingshu Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5183451
  • - Research Article

The Improved Hill Encryption Algorithm towards the Unmanned Surface Vessel Video Monitoring System Based on Internet of Things Technology

Tingting Yang | Yangyang Li | ... | Minghua Xia
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