Mitigating IoT security threats with a trusted Network element

Jarkko Kuusijarvi, Reijo Savola, Pekka Savolainen, Antti Evesti

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    Securing the growing amount of IoT devices is a challenge for both the end-users bringing IoT devices into their homes, as well as the corporates and industries exposing these devices into the Internet as part of their service or operations. The exposure of these devices, often poorly configured and secured, offers malicious actors an easy access to the private information of their users, or potential to utilize the devices in further activities, e.g., attacks on other devices via Distributed Denial of Service. This paper discusses the current security challenges of IoT devices and proposes a solution to secure these devices via a trusted Network Edge Device. NED offloads the security countermeasures of the individual devices into the trusted network elements. The major benefit of this approach is that the system can protect the IoT devices with user-defined policies, which can be applied to all devices regardless of the constraints of computing resources in the IoT tags. Additional benefit is the possibility to manage the countermeasures of multiple IoT devices/gateways at once, via a shared interface, thus largely avoiding the per-device maintenance operations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternet Technology and Secured Transactions (ICITST), 2016 11th International Conference for
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-908320-73-5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-908320-73-5
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event11th International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions - Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 5 Dec 20167 Dec 2016
    Conference number: 11


    Conference11th International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions
    Abbreviated titleICITST 2016


    • IoT-gateway
    • security offloading
    • trusted network element


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