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2. Background and Related Work
2.1. Smart Spaces
2.2. Security Adaptation
2.3. Adaptation Knowledge from Ontologies
2.4. Access Control over Semantic Information
2.5. From Quality Variability to Quality Adaptation
3. The Concept for Adaptive Security
3.1. Security Adaptation Concepts from Ontologies
3.2. Architecture for Security Adaptation
- SSA utilizes pre-defined configuration alternatives.
- SSA searches alternative security mechanisms or individual attributes to adapt, based on knowledge from the ISMO.
- SSA asks the user how to proceed.
3.3. Runtime Security Control Model
3.3.1. Authorization Predicates
|GetAllowedFor||Authorizes reading a URI or literal value|
|SetAllowedFor||Authorizes modifying a URI or literal value|
|PropertyCreationAllowedFor||Authorizes adding a new URI or literal node under the URI node|
|PropertyRemovalAllowedFor||Authorizes the removal of a URI or literal node from the URI node|
|UseAsPropertyAllowedFor||Authorizes use of this node under other URI nodes|
|GetDisabledFor||Prevents reading a URI or literal value|
|SetDisabledFor||Prevents modifying a URI or literal value|
|PropertyCreationDisabledFor||Prevents adding a new URI or literal node under the URI node|
|PropertyRemovalDisabledFor||Prevents the removal of a URI or literal node from the URI node|
|UseAsPropertyDisabledFor||Prevents the use of this node under other URI nodes|
|IsAuthorisedBy||Sets a node under access control and specifies authority. There may be several authorities in one broker.|
|HasBeenAuthoredBy||Identifies a resource’s author|
|HasAddedPredicate||Identifies authors who have added predicates under the resource|
|IsSignedWith||Link to a signature proving authenticity and the origin of the resource|
|HasSecurityContext||Link to any security measurement or context resource which was active when the data was stored (needed to verify e.g. trustworthiness of data )|
|IsAuthorisedBy||Specifies the authority that controls security. If such relationship to a known security authority is missing, access can be directly authorized without any other checks.|
|CanBeMonitored||Allows or disallows logging (e.g. due to performance or privacy)|
|HasBeenReadBy||Identifies contexts (users) where data has been successfully queried|
|HadInvalidReadAttemptBy||Identifies contexts (users) with rejected read requests|
|HadInvalidWriteAttemptBy||Identifies contexts (users) who have made rejected write requests|
3.3.2. Accounting Predicates
4. Implementation of Adaptive Security
4.1. Case Description
- The SSA running in an end user’s mobile phone utilizes the adaptation loop to ensure an appropriate authentication level in different situations.
- Security- and context-related knowledge is retrieved from ontologies.
- RIBS controls access over shared information by using the security control model.
4.2. Case Implementation
|Action||Situation and Input Information for the Analysis Model||Achieved Auth. Level||Required Auth. Level|
|1. Check the lock status||Check the lock status||2||0|
|Normal password selected 708 h ago.|
|Session duration: 2 h|
|2. Open the front door||Remote opening||2||3|
|Normal password selected 710 h ago.|
|Session duration: 4 h|
|3. Lock the front door||Remote locking||2||1|
|Normal password selected 712 h ago.|
|Session duration: 2 h|
|4. Open the front door||Local opening||0||3|
|Normal password selected 719 h ago.|
|Session duration: 7 h|
|5. Modify lighting||Local modification||3||1|
|Normal password selected 719 h ago.|
|Session duration: 0.02 h|
|6. Modify home automation||Local modification||1||2|
|Normal password selected 721 h ago.|
|Session duration: 2 h|
4.3. Lessons Learned
5.1. The Advantages of the Approach
5.2. The Challenges of the Approach and Future Research
5.3. The Maturity of the Approach
|Risk-based security adaptation in a greenhouse [41,57].||A greenhouse with a shopping area constitutes a public smart space. In the smart space threats increase the risk levels and security mechanisms decrease risks. Hence, the monitoring concentrates on recognizing threats. In this case, confidentiality and integrity were considered. Furthermore, users authenticated by means of gait information identified from the measurements of acceleration sensors inside the mobile phone.|
|Adaptive user authentication .||The first case that utilized knowledge from the ISMO. It adapts user authentication by monitoring authentication-related measures: password length, age, variation of characters and session duration. Important information was available only when an acceptable authentication level was reached. The user’s re-authentication was requested when the session duration was exceeded.|
|Role- and popularity-based access-control simulations [51,59].||Controlling access to information according to the user’s role or popularity of information. Popularity is a measure that indicates how many readers or how many authors an RDF resource has. These adaptation cases were simulated with the smodels logic solver.|
|Adding new knowledge into the ISMO .||The paper and related case example showed how easily knowledge in the ISMO can be extended. Moreover, design steps to develop adaptive security were presented.|
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