Secure Context Detection in Smartphones

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The availability of powerful smartphones and the necessity of security in mobile devices have made researchers propose multiple security modes (e.g., home, office, outdoor, and financial) for such devices. In each mode, a user can install a different set of apps. However, in most of the cases, the user has to select the mode manually. If we can sense the smartphone's security context accurately, then it is possible to switch between different security modes automatically. Also, smartphone operating systems are becoming ubiquitous. As a result, mobile apps need to behave differently based on the security context (e.g., not sending the data if the network is insecure). In this talk, we focus on sensing different security parameters (e.g., location, is-network-encrypted) and calculating the security context from the parameters. We also talk about a security context management framework that maintains a cache of security contexts and parameters to be used by the operating system and third-party applications. As detecting contexts requires the use of power-hungry smartphone sensors, a comprehensive framework for sharing security parameters among various applications can be beneficial in terms of energy and other resource expenses.

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  • Date: 16 Feb 2017
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) Canada/Pacific
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  • Starts 31 January 2017 12:00 AM
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Md Shahrear Iqbal Md Shahrear Iqbal of Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.


Md Shahrear Iqbal is a Ph.D. candidate intheSchoolofComputing, Queen’sUniversity,Canada, whereheisamemberoftheQueen’s Reliable Software Technology (QRST)researchgroup. He also holds a faculty position in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh. He is currently doing research on the security of smart devices. He is also interested in future internet and cyber-security of smart cities. Heobtainedhis Bachelor’s and Master’s degreeinCSE from BUET. Moreinformation about hisresearchandpublicationscanbefoundat

Md Shahrear Iqbal of Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.