Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Research in the Security (SEC) group spans two areas vital to the security of decentralized and embedded systems, and has its center of gravity in the intersection of these areas. The two areas are security policy specification & enforcement and security of embedded systems.

Organisational profile

Policy Specification and Enforcement. While the Internet allows for a free exchange of data, the security boundaries  needed to guarantee privacy and confidentiality have become the main obstacle to flexible cooperation within and between (virtual) organizations.

The classical preventive access control mechanisms cannot cope with heterogeneous distributed systems and they have to be at least partially replaced by more elaborate trust management  and compliance control systems. This is where SEC expertise lies: in the specification and implementation of policies for distributed systems.

Security of Embedded Systems

Securing networked embedded systems is particularly challenging because of their lack of computational and physical resources. In this area, SEC focuses presently on the security of mobile (e.g. smart-card based) systems; for instance in the PinpasJC project we are studying side channel attacks on smart cards.

One of the challenges that embedded devices face is secure key storage. This issue is addressed by SEC's research on Physical Unclonable Functions, a novel approach based on the extraction of randomness from the physical components of the device itself. Also in this area and closely linked to coding and crypto we have the project PinpasJC (on the analysis of smart card algorithms to identify possible side-channel attacks).

These areas overlap to a great extent and their intersection forms the core of SEC's research: compliance control for distributed and embedded systems. SEC's approach is to start from a concrete security problem and solve it by addressing the fundamental issues behind it. SEC's strength lies precisely in the ability to understand deeply both the user's concern as well as the theory behind it.

Master's projects

There are many options for master thesis projects, both internal projects and projects in industry.

See the website for more information on the group and its projects.

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Access control Engineering & Materials Science
Cryptography Engineering & Materials Science
Data privacy Engineering & Materials Science
Authentication Engineering & Materials Science
Health Engineering & Materials Science
Entropy Engineering & Materials Science
Requirements engineering Engineering & Materials Science
Interoperability Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2007 2020

An authorization framework for cooperative intelligent transport systems

Ravidas, S., Karkhanis, P., Dajsuren, Y. & Zannone, N., 1 Jan 2020, Emerging Technologies for Authorization and Authentication - 2nd International Workshop, ETAA 2019, Proceedings. Saracino, A. & Mori, P. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 16-34 19 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11967 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Authorization
Communication
Use Case
Framework
Leverage

Design of practical IoT identification methods: deliverable 2.2, Month 34, Nov 2019

Razeghi, B., Voloshynovskiy, S., Gheisari, M., Furon, T., Amsaleg, L., Leermakers, D. & Škorić, B., Jan 2020, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 90 p. (Computer Science Reports; vol. 20-01)

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic

Open Access
File
2 Citations (Scopus)

Access control in Internet-of-Things: a survey

Ravidas, S., Lekidis, A., Paci, F. & Zannone, N., 15 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Network and Computer Applications. 144, p. 79-101 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Access control
Internet of things
Ecosystems
Industry

Student theses

Automated 2G traffic interception and penetration testing

Author: Veens, T., 26 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Michiels, W. (Supervisor 1) & Moonen, R. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

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Boarding a sinking ship: trust mechanisms in the underground in the face of high market platform volatility

Author: Wouters, R., 25 Nov 2019

Supervisor: Allodi, L. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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Characterization of illegal dark web arms markets

Author: Ubbink, J., 25 Nov 2019

Supervisor: Allodi, L. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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