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Andreoletti, Davide, Rottondi, Cristina, Giordano, Silvia, Verticale, Giacomo, Tornatore, Massimo.  2019.  An Open Privacy-Preserving and Scalable Protocol for a Network-Neutrality Compliant Caching. ICC 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC). :1–6.
The distribution of video contents generated by Content Providers (CPs) significantly contributes to increase the congestion within the networks of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). To alleviate this problem, CPs can serve a portion of their catalogues to the end users directly from servers (i.e., the caches) located inside the ISP network. Users served from caches perceive an increased QoS (e.g., average retrieval latency is reduced) and, for this reason, caching can be considered a form of traffic prioritization. Hence, since the storage of caches is limited, its subdivision among several CPs may lead to discrimination. A static subdivision that assignes to each CP the same portion of storage is a neutral but ineffective appraoch, because it does not consider the different popularities of the CPs' contents. A more effective strategy consists in dividing the cache among the CPs proportionally to the popularity of their contents. However, CPs consider this information sensitive and are reluctant to disclose it. In this work, we propose a protocol based on Shamir Secret Sharing (SSS) scheme that allows the ISP to calculate the portion of cache storage that a CP is entitled to receive while guaranteeing network neutrality and resource efficiency, but without violating its privacy. The protocol is executed by the ISP, the CPs and a Regulator Authority (RA) that guarantees the actual enforcement of a fair subdivision of the cache storage and the preservation of privacy. We perform extensive simulations and prove that our approach leads to higher hit-rates (i.e., percentage of requests served by the cache) with respect to the static one. The advantages are particularly significant when the cache storage is limited.
Frumento, Enrico, Freschi, Federica, Andreoletti, Davide, Consoli, Angelo.  2017.  Victim Communication Stack (VCS): A Flexible Model to Select the Human Attack Vector. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security. :50:1–50:6.
Information security has rapidly grown to meet the requirements of today services. A solid discipline has been developed as far as technical security is concerned. However, the human layer plays an increasingly decisive role in the managing of Information Technology (IT) systems. The research field that studies the vulnerabilities of the human layer is referred to as Social Engineering, and has not received the same attention of its technical counterpart. We try to partially fill this gap by studying the selection of the Human Attack Vector (HAV), i.e., the path or the means that the attacker uses to compromise the human layer. To this aim, we propose a multilayer model, named Victim Communication Stack (VCS), that provides the key elements to facilitate the choice of the HAV. This work has been carried out under the DOGANA European project.