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Data Security in the Internet of Things (M)

Status: Offen


With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), there is a rise in the number of smart devices that are empowered with sensing, actuating and communication capabilities to enhance and create unique forms of interaction with our immediate surroundings. Already in CES 2015 we are experiecing with 900 IoT exhibitors the largest ever “Internet of Things” showcase.

However, security is still neglected by most applicaitons. As these devices are integrated in our proximate living space, they deal with sensitive and private data that can be misused to infer information about our daily habits. This consequently raises unique security and privacy challenges that drive the need for security to be an integral part of any IoT system. Specifically, the protection of the data created by IoT devices needs further attention.


Student Role

The goal of this thesis is to enable data security for the IoT. We use the recently released CC2538-based sensor nodes for our prototype. As for the software, we rely on the Contiki OS, which is an open source OS for IoT devices. Contiki comes with a simulation tool named Cooja, which supports development and debugging.


This project requires interest in security in wireless communication and familiarity with database systems. The student is expected to work with state of the art sensor motes. Therefore, he/she should have some basic experience in C/C++ programming and be interested in working with new tools. Also, background in network security, communication and wireless sensor network is helpful but not mandatory. We expect our students to be highly motivated to work on their topics and to cooperate with their supervisors regularly to discuss current progress and next steps.

What we offer:

This topic will give you the opportunity to learn and practice wide range of research tools in systems and wireless communication research. To speed-up your learning curve we will support you with tutorials and how-tos. We offer you a great work atmosphere, which is both casual and challenging, motivated advisors, and a good coffee machine ;)

Contact/Ansprechpartner: Hossein Shafagh, Anwar Hithnawi

ETH ZurichDistributed Systems Group
Last updated March 4 2016 02:08:49 PM MET hs