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Some Thoughts on the Pervasive Trust Foundation for the Future Internet Architecture. A position presentation.

Leszek Lilien - Western Michigan University

Nov 11, 2009

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Abstract

We start with presenting motivation and goals for the Future Internet, and reviewing basics of trust in computing.

The Pervasive Trust Foundation (PTF) for the Future Internet is proposed next. This includes presenting motivation for trust foundation for the Future Internet, showing placement of security services and mechanisms within the architecture, and trust considerations for security services.

Inefficient operation of the PTF-based architecture is the main obstacle to making such architecture a reality. There are two classes of approaches that can reduce operational costs. First, inherent PTF properties result in automatic cost-saving. Second, additional cost-saving techniques --such as leveraging high-trust enclaves, or using enclave "insurers"-- can be used.

The architectural principles presented here are a position statement, and their practical verification will require substantial research efforts.

About the Speaker

Leszek Lilien is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Western Michigan University (WMU). He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and was involved in post-doctoral research at Purdue University. His was a faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a tutorial instructor for IEEE Computer Society. He has a diversified R&D experience in industry and some entrepreneurial experience in the United States and Poland.
His current research is focused in two areas: (1) opportunistic capability utilization networks a.k.a. oppnets (a specialized kind of ad hoc networks); and (2) trust, privacy and security in open computing systems. In Area 1, he focuses on primitives for oppnets, privacy and security in oppnets, and interoperability of oppnet helper networks and devices. In Area 2, he concentrates on privacy-preserving data dissemination, the role of trust in open computing environments, analysis of computer security paradigms, and security and privacy aspects in pervasive systems, including ad hoc sensor networks and embedded networks. He is an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, The Open Cybernetics & Systemics Journal, and Recent Patents on Computer Science. He chaired and organized two International Workshops on Specialized Ad Hoc Networks and Systems (SAHNS 2007 and SAHNS 2009) in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2007 and ICDCS 2009). He was a Co-PI for an NSF grant on vulnerability analysis and threat assessment/avoidance. In 2008, he was selected for the Visiting Faculty Research Program (VFRP), U.S. Air Force Research Lab. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and IEEE Computer Society. He is affiliated with the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University.


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