Shenzhen, China, October 14, 2015 – ESORICS 2015, the 20th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, was recently held in Vienna, Austria. The global security conference, sponsored by Huawei, is a well-respected forum to promote the exchange of ideas on computer security and encourage links between security researchers and developers from academia, industry and government.
Some 300 participants attended the five-day event, which was divided into a main conference and seven associated workshops. Topics covered include mobile security, cloud security, IoT (Internet of Things) security, network security, applied cryptography and privacy protection. The challenges posed by the rise of the IoT and proliferation of smart devices drew special attention at this year’s conference as these issues are set to play a huge role both in business and daily life in the near future.
Two security experts from Huawei’s Central Research Institute Shield Lab spoke at the Security of IoT workshop. Dr. Tieyan Li discussed security threats and challenges in five typical IoT scenarios: smart homes, connected cars, smart grids, smart industries and smart cities. Dr. Li shared Huawei’s vision on how security and privacy are of fundamental importance, in particular, to end users.
Dr. Guilin Wang, another Huawei security researcher identified research opportunities within a new approach for achieving IoT security based on identity management, trust establishment and lightweight cryptography. Identity management allows entities, either users or devices, to identify each other, even without a human being’s involvement. Trust establishment introduces mechanisms that enable entities to trust one another and then to securely communicate, negotiate and cooperate in different IoT applications. Finally, lightweight cryptography aims to achieve secure operations and communication with small overhead, which is a critical requirement in IoT applications as numerous IoT devices have constrained resources in computation, communication, storage and energy.
“As one of the leading providers of IoT devices, networks and solutions, Huawei is proud to offer enhanced security products and services to its enterprise and individual customers,” said Dr. Tieyan Li, Head of Mobile Security at Huawei’s Security and Privacy Lab in Singapore. “We are very happy to collaborate with world leading academics and industrial partners to explore new opportunities in studying and standardizing IoT security technologies”.
As well as contributing to the symposium’s program, Huawei experts seized the opportunity to have extensive discussions with a number of professors and researchers to exchange thoughts on the state of the art in various security domains and seek potential research collaborations.
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