The European Union-funded SECURity at the network EDge (SECURED) project is focused on the design of a solution to offload the execution of security applications into a programmable device at a network's fringes. Project coordinator and Polytechnic University of Turin professor Antonio Lioy says the initiative aims to delegate security, wholly or partially, to a trusted and secure network node developed to run security applications selected by the user and configured according to a user-specified protection policy.
"When the user connects his mobile device to the [Network Edge Device (NED)], a proof of the identity and integrity status of the NED is provided so that the user can trust the NED to work on his behalf, and a dedicated virtual execution domain is created for the user," Lioy says. "The NED will then download the selected security controls from user-specified repositories and will configure them according to his/her protection profile retrieved from a policy repository."
The solution is compatible with existing networks because NEDs can be inserted within a network, and users can be asked to link via a virtual private network to their chosen NED, Lioy says. He notes the SECURED model is suitable for the Internet of Things (IoT) by using a NED to connect IoT nodes to the external network.
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