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Information 2016, 7(3), 44; doi:10.3390/info7030044

IoT Privacy and Security Challenges for Smart Home Environments

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
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Academic Editors: Giovanni Russello, Muhammad Rizwan Asghar, Ashish Gehani, Changyu Dong and David Eyers
Received: 14 March 2016 / Revised: 12 May 2016 / Accepted: 4 July 2016 / Published: 13 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Preserving Privacy and Security in IoT)
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Abstract

Often the Internet of Things (IoT) is considered as a single problem domain, with proposed solutions intended to be applied across a wide range of applications. However, the privacy and security needs of critical engineering infrastructure or sensitive commercial operations are very different to the needs of a domestic Smart Home environment. Additionally, the financial and human resources available to implement security and privacy vary greatly between application domains. In domestic environments, human issues may be as important as technical issues. After surveying existing solutions for enhancing IoT security, the paper identifies key future requirements for trusted Smart Home systems. A gateway architecture is selected as the most appropriate for resource-constrained devices, and for high system availability. Two key technologies to assist system auto-management are identified. Firstly, support for system auto-configuration will enhance system security. Secondly, the automatic update of system software and firmware is needed to maintain ongoing secure system operation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet of Things; cybersecurity; Smart Home Internet of Things; cybersecurity; Smart Home
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Lin, H.; Bergmann, N.W. IoT Privacy and Security Challenges for Smart Home Environments. Information 2016, 7, 44.

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