Security concerns regarding connected embedded systems
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Embedded systems have been present in our daily lives for some time, but trends clearly show a rise in inter-connectivity in such devices. This presents promising new applications and possibilities, but also opens up a lot attack surface. Our goal in this thesis is to find out how you can develop such interconnected embedded systems in a way that guarantees the three major components of information security: Confidentialy, Integrity and Availability. The main focus of security is networked security. In this thesis, a dual approach is taken: investigate the development process of building secure systems, and perform such an implementation. The artifacts produced as byproducts, the software itself, deployment instructions and lessons learned are all presented. It is shown that the process used helps businesses find a somewhat deterministic approach to security, have a higher level of confidence, helps justify the costs that security work entails and helps in seeing security as a business decision. Embedded systems were also shown to present unforeseen obstacles, such as how the lack of a motherboard battery clashes with X.509. In the end, a discussion is made about how far the system can guarantee information security, what problems still exist and what could be done to mitigate them.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 103 p.
Embedded security, network security, risk management, untrusted domains, interconnected systems, Internet of Things (IoT).
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-92755ISRN: LIU-IDA/LITH-EX-A--13/011—SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-92755DiVA: diva2:622170
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