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Information-Centric Networking Security

Feature Topic


Information-centric networking (ICN) is a new network architecture that provides the access to named data as first-order network service, providing better trust in data authenticity and greater potential for optimizing forwarding behavior compared to traditional host-based communication systems like the Internet today.

The ICN principle of accessing authenticated named data in the network enables several optimizations, such as network-layer data caching, flexible multipath communication and simplified mobility management. ICN thus addresses many important requirements of applications such as high-performance, scalable media data distribution and reliable distributed Internet of Things networks.

ICN is an active research area that includes specific topics such as network architectures, applications, transport, and caching techniques. Security is a particularly important topic since ICN enables new approaches with respect to confidentiality, access control and trust management that we want to address by this Feature Topic.
Solicited topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Security architectures for information-centric networking (ICN)
  • Authentication and authorization for distributed caching environment
  • Access control mechanisms for ICN
  • Security in mobile ICN
  • Cryptographic protocols against internal attacks in information-centric network
  • Information sharing and data protection in ICN
  • Secure monitoring in ICN
  • Denial of service attacks prevention in ICN
  • Privacy protection in ICN
  • Privacy policy framework for ICN 
  • Privacy in caching, naming, signature
  • Mechanisms to enforce privacy and trust
  • Privacy-preserving processing in ICN
  • Privacy-preserving data publishing on ICN
  • User privacy, data providers privacy and ICN application platform privacy
  • Privacy and security in ICN applications
  • Trusted computing platform for ICN
  • Trust models for ICN
  • Trust management for ICN
  • Copyright management and business models for ICN


Xiaoming Fu
University of Göttingen, Germany

Satyajayant Misra
New Mexico State University, USA

Dirk Kutscher
Huawei Research, Germany

Ruidong Li
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan