Visible to the public Augmenting Security of Internet-of-Things Using Programmable Network-Centric Approaches: A Position Paper

TitleAugmenting Security of Internet-of-Things Using Programmable Network-Centric Approaches: A Position Paper
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsIqbal, H., Ma, J., Mu, Q., Ramaswamy, V., Raymond, G., Vivanco, D., Zuena, J.
Conference Name2017 26th International Conference on Computer Communication and Networks (ICCCN)
KeywordsBig Data, Big Data analytics, cloud computing, communications infrastructure, composability, Computer architecture, Data analysis, data analytics techniques, Home appliances, industrial IoT systems, Internet of Things, Internet-of-Things, IoT systems, Logic gates, Metrics, programmable network-centric approaches, Protocols, pubcrawl, Resiliency, security, security of data, service-centric architecture, situational awareness, Software Defined Networks

Advances in nanotechnology, large scale computing and communications infrastructure, coupled with recent progress in big data analytics, have enabled linking several billion devices to the Internet. These devices provide unprecedented automation, cognitive capabilities, and situational awareness. This new ecosystem-termed as the Internet-of-Things (IoT)-also provides many entry points into the network through the gadgets that connect to the Internet, making security of IoT systems a complex problem. In this position paper, we argue that in order to build a safer IoT system, we need a radically new approach to security. We propose a new security framework that draws ideas from software defined networks (SDN), and data analytics techniques; this framework provides dynamic policy enforcements on every layer of the protocol stack and can adapt quickly to a diverse set of industry use-cases that IoT deployments cater to. Our proposal does not make any assumptions on the capabilities of the devices - it can work with already deployed as well as new types of devices, while also conforming to a service-centric architecture. Even though our focus is on industrial IoT systems, the ideas presented here are applicable to IoT used in a wide array of applications. The goal of this position paper is to initiate a dialogue among standardization bodies and security experts to help raise awareness about network-centric approaches to IoT security.

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