IoT, Wearables and Complex Systems Security

Our world becomes ever more interconnected, and the growing network of the Internet of Things has made our lives more convenient with each passing day. But that convenience comes with a risk, and the security of such complex systems is important to limit the exposure and vulnerability of data. Wearable recording devices also come with their own security challenges, and as they become more ubiquitous, ensuring the privacy of the data captured will be paramount.

L. Jean Camp works with the embedding of information processing and networked technology throughout our infrastructure is that it creates large numbers of independent computing agents that are capable of communicating amongst themselves.  Such situations create optimal situations for the creation of complex systems, and the exhibition of (possibly unintended) emergent behaviors, some of which can have large security implications. They also lead to considering digital security problems with more traditional complex systems tools, such as those from epidemiology. We have considered problems in this space, showing how wireless routers could spread viruses amongst themselves; why wireless is not an effective transmissions medium for malware on phones, and related problems.

Apu Kapadia research investigates how to use opportunistically-captured photos for innovative and potentially transformative applications, while providing guarantees on privacy to both people using the smartphones and the people who are near the phones. For example,  how emerging technologies such as augmented reality glasses (e.g., Google Glass) and lifelogging cameras (e.g., Narrative Clip and Autographer) are expected to make cameras and such applications ubiquitous.