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29 January 2015

Requirements-Driven Mediation for Collaborative Security Can your vacuum cleaner protect your home?

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm

Security is concerned with the protection of assets from intentional harm. Secure systems provide capabilities that enable such protection to satisfy some security requirements. In a world increasingly populated with mobile and ubiquitous computing technology, the scope and boundary of security systems can be uncertain and can change. A single functional component, or even multiple components individually, are often insufficient to satisfy complex security requirements on their own. Collaborative security aims at leveraging ubiquitous computing technology by exploiting the capabilities of the various components available in the operating environment and composing them to meet security requirements despite changes in the environment, changes in assets under protection and their values, and the discovery of new threats and vulnerabilities. I will describe a framework for collaborative security that enables us: (1) to capture, represent, and reason about the capabilities of different software components and their operational context, and (2) to select and mediate these components at runtime in order to satisfy the security requirements. I will illustrate the approach through a collaborative robotic implementation. Bio: Amel Bennaceur (http://amel.me) is a Research Associate at the Open University, UK. She received the PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris VI in July 2013. Her research interests include dynamic mediator synthesis for interoperability and collaborative secure

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Contact: mailto:paul.piwek@open.ac.uk