Mobile Security & Privacy (MoSP)
Current and next-generation mobile distributed systems introduce new security and especially privacy issues. In our research initiative Mobile Security & Privacy we started to investigate novel methods for research and novel views on privacy and security in such systems.
Mobile Security & Privacy Simulator (MoSP Simulator)
A lot of security and privacy threats as well as possible countermeasures concerning modern mobile devices are not evaluable using abstract models or field studies. Abstract models are not able to cover all required parameters or to evaluate all details of interest. They do not allow a complete analysis of scenarios in research. Field studies are hard to realize, because it is not easy to find or select people to form representative groups. Also it is expensive to provide all those with the needed hardware and knowledge to be able to participate in a study.
Another counter-argument against field studies is, that most people do not allow to invade their privacy which often would be needed for research. The evaluation of mobile security issues using real world mobile devices in a representative size involving real users mostly is not allowed due to law regulations and ethics.
Motivated by this reasons we are working in the Distributed Computing & Security Group on a simulator to research and evaluate threats and corresponding countermeasures of mobile security and privacy. The Mobile Security & Privacy Simulator (MoSP) is under active development and allows you as a student to participate doing a thesis or project work. The core simulator is implemented in Python, but some works also are possible to be done using other programming languages or as conceptional work. More information about the simualtor can be found at www.dcsec.uni-hannover.de/mosp-sim.html.