Citizens Engagement to the IoT: Security and Privacy Challenges

  • Monday, 29 June 2014, 09:00-12:30, Room 11

  • Organisers:

    • Elias Tragos (FORTH-ICS, Greece)
    • Charalampos Doukas (CREATE-NET, Greece)
    • Peter Langendörfer (IHP, Germany)


Workshop Description

The introduction of Internet-Connected Objects has infused immense doses of “intelligence” in our environment. Already a multitude of devices around us are either connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) or are about to be. In a similar way, the physical objects are obtaining intelligence through the connected devices that are either attached to them or monitoring/controlling them. At larger scales, buildings and whole cities becoming smarter, embracing a wide range of technologies to enhance and improve the quality of everyday living, contributing at the same time to the global target of reducing energy consumption. 

However, the Internet of Things brings new challenges regarding security, privacy and trust. Having a large number of connected devices installed in various places of the daily life, e.g. in homes, offices, buses, on the street, monitoring the everyday activities of citizens raises issues regarding the privacy of the citizens’ personal data. The privacy issues exist not only when users are actively involved in IoT applications e.g. when sending data from their mobile phones, but also when they are subjects of monitoring by other devices, e.g. when they are being monitored by cameras on the streets. Devices that offer actuation capabilities, e.g. traffic lights, gates, allow cyber-attacks to extend effects to the real world. Moreover, Trust in the IoT is also a very important issue that only lately has attracted the research community. Lately, various reports are discussing the lack of security and privacy in current IoT frameworks, starting from the constrained devices that don’t include encryption mechanisms and going up to the middleware and the services that don’t consider the secure and privacy preserving storage and exploitation of the user data.

This session aims to bring together experts from three EU projects all members of the Internet of Things Research Cluster (IERC) that are working in cross-layer issues in the areas of security, privacy and trust in the IoT. The goal is to present the recent results of these projects to the research community, the industry and standardisation bodies and exchange ideas for joint research activities in the future. Finally, the threats of the IoT for the citizens will be analysed, discussing also how the results of the projects can help mitigating these threats.





09.00-09.10 Welcome and introduction to the workshop, Elias Tragos (FORTH-ICS, Greece), Charalampos Doukas (CREATE-NET, Greece), Peter Langendörfer (IHP, Germany)
09.10-09.25 Security and Privacy in the IoT  Location Privacy and Lightweight Security, J.-M. Bohli (Germany), A Soijka-Piotrowska, Peter Langendörfer (IHP, Germany)
09.25-09.40 A Data-Centric Security Framework for the IoT, Daniel Schreckling (Germany), Juan David Parra, Joachim Posegga, Charalampos Doukas (CREATE-NET, Greece)
09.40-10.00 Fostering active citizenship without privacy infringement: the ALMANAC use case, Claudio Pastrone (Italy)
10.00-10.15 The e-balance Security Solution for the Smart Grid, Krzysztof Piotrowski, Wojciech Ciemniewski, Daniel Garrido (Spain), Juan Jacobo Peralta Escalante
10.15-10.30 Evaluating the trustworthiness of nearby IoT devices, Pavlos Charalampides, Alexandros Fragkiadakis, Elias Tragos (FORTH-ICS, Greece)
10.30-11:00 Coffee Break
11.00-11.30 Privacy and data protection challenges in smart city applications, Marit Hansen (Germany)
11.30-12.30 Panel Discussion (Marit Hansen, Claudio Pastrone, Elias Tragos, Charalampos Doukas,  J.-M. Bohli)