Securing IP-based Communication in Smart Object Networks

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) have long lived isolated lifes providing special-purpose functionality. This isolation allowed to deploy application-specific communication protocols as well as scenario-specific security solutions. However, it also led to networked islands that are hardly interconnectable. Recently, a variety of industries have realized the advantages of an easy to integrate sensor network architecture and push towards IP technology as the common denominator for communication in constrained networks. Example scenarios include industrial and home automation networks based on Smart Objects (i.e., IP-equipped sensors and actuators). The use of IP technology is envisioned to allow reuse of existing protocols as well as already deployed network infrastructure. Furthermore, IP enables direct communication between individual Smart Objects and Internet hosts in a conceptually elegant and simple way. However, while providing exciting new ways of interaction with the physical world, the security implications of these new network scenarios are challenging and not yet well understood.

The central observation in this project is that existing IP security solutions are designed for a relatively homogeneous set of high-performance devices (e.g., smart phones, laptops, and desktop PCs) as well as a powerful network infrastructure. In constrast, Smart Objects are highly resource constrained devices that communicate over similarly constrained links. Hence, this project investigates how to apply, adapt, and extend IP security protocols for use in Internet-connected Smart Objects.

Researchers

 

Students

  • None
 

Alumni

  • Timo Böttcher (student)
  • Hossein Shafagh (student)
  • Jens Hiller (student)
  • Christian Röller (student)
  • Maximilian Bogner (student)
 

Publications

References
26.
Stefanie Gerdes, René Hummen and Olaf Bergmann
Autorisierungsmanagement für das Internet of Things
D•A•CH Security 2015
September 2015
accepted
25.
Robert Moskowitz and René Hummen
Internet-Draft
Document number: draft-moskowitz-hip-dex-04
Internet Engineering Task Force,
July 2015
24.
Robert Moskowitz and René Hummen
Internet-Draft
Document number: draft-moskowitz-hip-dex-03
Internet Engineering Task Force,
June 2015
23.
Robert Moskowitz and René Hummen
Internet-Draft
Document number: draft-moskowitz-hip-dex-02
Internet Engineering Task Force,
December 2014
22.
René Hummen, Hossein Shafagh, Shahid Raza, Thiemo Voigt and Klaus Wehrle
11th IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking (SECON 2014), page 284-292.
Publisher: IEEE,
June 2014
21.
Robert Moskowitz and René Hummen
Internet-Draft
Document number: draft-moskowitz-hip-dex-01
Internet Engineering Task Force,
March 2014
20.
René Hummen, Johannes Gilger and Hossein Shafagh
Internet-Draft
Document number: draft-hummen-dtls-extended-session-resumption-01
Internet Engineering Task Force,
October 2013
19.
21st IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2013 PhD Forum), Göttingen, Germany, page 1-3.
Publisher: IEEE,
October 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4799-1270-4
18.
Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob), 2013 IEEE 9th International Conference on, page 259-266.
Publisher: IEEE,
October 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4577-2014-7
17.
In Proceedings of the 21st IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2013), Göttingen, Germany, page 1-10.
Publisher: IEEE,
October 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4799-1270-4
16.
Shahid Raza, Hossein Shafagh, Kasun Hewage, René Hummen and Thiemo Voigt
Lithe: Lightweight Secure CoAP for the Internet of Things
IEEE Sensors Journal, 13(10):3711-3720
October 2013
ISSN: 1530-437X
15.
Oscar Garcia-Morchon, Sye Loong Keoh, Sandeep S. Kumar, René Hummen and René Struik
Internet-Draft
Document number: draft-garcia-core-security-06
Internet Engineering Task Force,
September 2013
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