SPLICE: Securing the lifecycle of Smart Homes

Guest Speaker: Dr. David Kotz, Provost and the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

Moderated by Dr. Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Associate Professor of the Professional Practice.

November 17th, 2023

Abstract:  Our homes are increasingly embedded with “Smart Things,” networked with each other and with the Internet, forming “Smart Homes.”   What happens when an occupant moves out or transfers ownership of her Smart Home?  How does an occupant identify and decommission all the Things in a home before she moves out?  How does a new occupant discover, identify, validate, and configure all the Things in the home he adopts?  When a person moves from smart home to smart office to smart hotel, how is a new environment vetted for safety and security, how are personal settings migrated, and how are they securely deleted on departure?  When the original vendor of a Thing (or the service behind it) disappears, how can that Thing (and its data, and its configuration) be transferred to a new service provider?  What interface can enable lay people to manage these complex challenges, and be assured of their privacy, security, and safety?   We present a list of key research questions to address these important challenges, then give an overview of results from our own collaborative research project, SPLICE: Security and Privacy in the Lifecycle of IoT in Consumer Environments.

Speaker Bio: David Kotz is the Provost, and the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor in the Department of Computer Science, at Dartmouth College. He previously served as Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences, as a Core Director at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, and as the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies. His current research involves security and privacy in smart homes, and wireless networks. He has published over 250 refereed papers, obtained $89m in grant funding, given over 200 invited lectures, and mentored over 100 research students and postdocs. He is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to India, a 2019 Visiting Professor at ETH Zürich, and an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his AB in Computer Science and Physics from Dartmouth in 1986, and his PhD in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991.

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