MS Thesis Defense - Lei Pi

Secure Bootstrapping and Access Control in NDN-Based Smart Home Systems

Lei Pi, MS Student

Monday, November 20, 2017, 10:00 am
Dunn Hall 311

Committee Members:
Prof. Lan Wang, Chair
Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta
Prof. Scott Fleming


Smart home applications utilize network-enabled sensors to collect environment readings data and provide higher-level services to such data. These data can be considered sensitive to the homeowners, and it must be well protected to produce and consume these data to detect and prevent unauthorized publishing and consuming. In this work, we study how to defend smart-home data using Named Data Networking, a futuristic Internet architecture adopting data-centric approaches. We identify critical life cycles of a typical smart-home device under the NDN context, design and implement an application to secure the production, dissemination, and consumption of the smart home data. This work focuses on solving two security problems: bootstrapping trust between a new onboarding device and the existing smart-home system and facilitating control access to device-produced data utilizing Name-based Access Control.