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Internet of Secure Things

A key target is to create an Internet of Secure Things (IoST) that protects from vulnerabilities that can be exploited among every connected device. This is vital as distributed sensing and ubiquitous computing systems are becoming parts of everyday life. Industrial actors need to be supported with trusted components and complete knowledge of how to deploy new technologies in heterogeneous environments of Intelligent Infrastructure that requires security and privacy by design.

A major gap is that state-of-the-art security mechanisms are not often adaptable to IoT devices, and overall security guarantees are hard to obtain.

IoT devices are quickly moving from basic Internet connectivity functionalities to more complex analysis capabilities using data streams to discover facts about the world, interacting with humans and other devices at a higher level of abstraction. Furthermore, with billions of connected devices and more intensive data collection, security and privacy protection techniques have become a paramount concern. Privacy protection must be addressed at the design level, such as with data minimisation principles and data usage control to mitigate privacy leakages as much as possible. Modern cryptographic schemes, such as attribute-based credentials and group signatures, can help implement privacy-preserving design concepts. Finding the right balance between security, availability, and privacy is essential. Several issues should be solved, including the combination of security and privacy by design solutions and quantum resistance, integration of distributed ledgers and efficient blockchain technologies and AI-assisted security techniques.

Strategic Priorities

  • Promote effective approaches that public and private organisations can take to support transition to and securely manage of IoST systems.
  • Develop, validate and deploy IoST systems in various sectors, such as transportation.
  • Analyse security of IoST systems with advanced technologies.

Pilot Research

  • Empirical Research on Security and Privacy Management in Intelligent Infrastructure Systems Analysis of Security-aware.
  • Privacy-preserving Smart Parking Solutions.
  • Secure and Privacy-preserving Access to Sharing Vehicles in Smart Cities.