KIRAS Security Research

2012

Smartphone Security

This research project focuses on more or less neglected topics of cyber security concerning smartphones, tablet-PCs and BYOD (bring your own device)

The availability of smartphones and tablet-PCs is rising steadily (with more than 3.3 billion devices predicted for 2016), bringing new challenges for the field of cyber security. A detailed analysis of current R&D projects and available achievements shows a lack of focus on certain important security problems. This research project focuses on more or less neglected topics of cyber security concerning smartphones, tablet-PCs and BYOD (bring your own device).

An aim of this project is to develop new biometric methods of user authentication via a continuous verification of user specific dynamic behavior patterns, e.g. the user’s movement patterns while manipulating the mobile device. As a further result, a biometry-based data authentication should be made possible, improving e.g. the security of the well-known mTAN approach through a biometric component.

Another aim of the project is to enhance data security, especially for data stored externally. Such services are often offered in an online/ cloud context and are very important for mobile devices whose storage space is mostly limited. In this project, a new cryptography-based system will be developed that allows the user to preserve control of their data according to their requirements and that is easy to implement and to operate in mobile devices.

Acknowledging the increasing problem of malware (malicious software) in mobile devices, especially BYOD (increase in 2012 of more than 4,000% for android OS), and being aware that classical virus scanners will become rather inefficient in the future, this project focuses on optimized and specific detection in this environment based on behavior. Also, a method variant with hardware support will be investigated for all the project aims mentioned above.

Project leader:
Institut für IT Sicherheitsforschung, FH St. Pölten

Project partner:
A1 Telekom Austria AG
Austria Card Plastikkarten und Ausweissysteme GmbH
BeeOne GmbH (Tochterunternehmen der ERSTE Group)
Bundesministerium für Inneres (BM.I)
Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport (BMLVS)
Cryptas IT-Security GmbH

Contact:
Univ.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Ernst Piller

Institut für IT Sicherheitsforschung, FH St. Pölten
Matthias Corvinus-Straße 15, 3100 St. Pölten
Telefon +43 2742 313 228 – 636
E-Mail: ernst.piller@fhstp.ac.at
Web: https://ifs.fhstp.ac.at

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