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Future Internet 2010, 2(3), 190-211; doi:10.3390/fi2030190

Applications and Security of Next-Generation, User-Centric Wireless Systems

1 Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, 08854, USA 2 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, USA 3 Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, USA
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Received: 6 March 2010 / Revised: 3 June 2010 / Accepted: 16 July 2010 / Published: 28 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Security for Next Generation Wireless and Decentralized Systems)
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Pervasive wireless systems have significantly improved end-users’ quality of life. As manufacturing costs decrease, communications bandwidth increases, and contextual information is made more readily available, the role of next generation wireless systems in facilitating users’ daily activities will grow. Unique security and privacy issues exist in these wireless, context-aware, often decentralized systems. For example, the pervasive nature of such systems allows adversaries to launch stealthy attacks against them. In this review paper, we survey several emergent personal wireless systems and their applications. These systems include mobile social networks, active implantable medical devices, and consumer products. We explore each system’s usage of contextual information and provide insight into its security vulnerabilities. Where possible, we describe existing solutions for defendingagainst these vulnerabilities. Finally, we point out promising future research directions for improving these systems’ robustness and security
Keywords: wireless; pervasive; security; location based; context-aware; implantable medical devices wireless; pervasive; security; location based; context-aware; implantable medical devices
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Ramstetter, J.R.; Yang, Y.; Yao, D. Applications and Security of Next-Generation, User-Centric Wireless Systems. Future Internet 2010, 2, 190-211.

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