Did you receive a smart device this holiday season, and leave it sitting in the box because you don’t know how to set it up? Or were you one of those savvy shoppers who bought a smart device on clearance after the holiday rush and already have the perfect place to put it in your home?
Either way, SPLICE PI David Kotz has some advice for keeping your information secure and private when using smart devices. Check it what he has to say in the video!
The SPLICE team is pleased to announce one new patent derived from research conducted by SPLICE Principal Investigator Kevin Kornegay and Professor Willie Thompson, both from Morgan State University. The patent describes a data traffic module supporting the attestation and secure boot operations of IoT devices and legacy computing devices, and providing tamper resistance to such devices.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Sofia Belikovetsky as a SPLICE postdoctoral scholar, hosted at Johns Hopkins University.
Sofia has over 13 years of industrial and military experience in cyber security and cyber intelligence. Her previous roles include software developer, pen-tester, and team lead in the 8200 unit in the IDF, software architect in the Israeli PMO, and cyber security innovation architect at the AT&T Foundry. Sofia got her Ph.D. from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Department of Information Systems Engineering. Her research focused on securing Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes, where she has demonstrated the first full chain sabotage attack on AM. Later, she designed and developed side-channel methods for detecting these and other sabotage attacks against AM equipment.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Beatrice Perez as a SPLICE postdoctoral scholar, hosted at Dartmouth.
Beatrice is a CI Fellow with the 2020 Computing Innovation Cohort. Her research interests include security and privacy, ubiquitous devices, and eHealth technologies. She completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez and her PhD at University College London.
You can learn more about Beatrice at her UC London homepage.
This fall, our team will begin a five-year research effort to increase the security and privacy of high-tech products used in smart homes. The project—Security and Privacy in the Lifecycle of IoT for Consumer Environments (SPLICE)—comes as households expand their reliance on smart products ranging from refrigerators to baby monitors. These devices can share information with each other as well as communicate with services across the Internet.
SPLICE includes ten faculty from Dartmouth College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, Morgan State University, and Tufts University.
“The technology in the average home today is radically different from even a decade ago and is likely to change even more rapidly in the coming years,” said David Kotz, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth and the lead principal investigator for the project. “Home is a place where people need to feel safe from prying eyes. SPLICE will address the challenges required for the vision of smart homes to be realized safely and successfully.”
The shift toward smart devices and systems in residences—such as houses, apartments, hotels, and assisted-living facilities—offers benefits that include increased energy efficiency and personalized services. Through faulty configuration or poor design, however, these items can also create unsafe conditions and increase risk of harm to people and property.
Since many homes are complex environments in which residents, landlords, and guests have different privacy needs, researchers will consider the interests of all property owners and users.
The five-year SPLICE effort is funded by a $10 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers (SaTC Frontiers) program. “Cybersecurity is one of the most significant economic and national security challenges facing our nation today,” said Nina Amla, lead program director of the NSF SaTC program. “NSF’s investments in foundational research will transform our capacity to secure personal privacy, financial assets, and national interests.”