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Title: Using the Smart Card Web Server to enhance the security of web applications and the Web of Things
Author: Kyrillidis, Lazaros
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 1570
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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The invention of the World Wide Web (Web) has changed forever the way society operates. Communication, shopping, entertainment, have all transformed and nowadays a large part of humanity depends on the Web for a number of everyday tasks. In recent years, a new technology appeared. It is called the Internet of Things (IoT) and assumes the participation in a worldwide network of any device, despite its size, functionality or purpose. Both the Web and the IoT face a number of security concerns. The security of the Web is undermined by threats that aim at disrupting its normal operation, while for the IoT it is the use of proprietary protocols that weaken the inter-operability between individual devices and the ease of tampering reduces its usefulness. Fortunately, the industry has knowledge and experience in developing a strong, tamper resistant device, the smart card. Smart cards are ubiquitous and strengthen a number of functions (payments, mobile telephony) and are the most secure token in mass production. Moreover, in recent years their interconnection capabilities have been further enhanced and this enhancement made available the hosting of the Smart Card Web Server (SCWS). The SCWS is a small web server running inside the smart/SIM card. In this thesis we describe research that by using smart cards and the SCWS, over standardised protocols, we can enjoy tamper resistant solutions and enhanced security for the Web. In the same context, we consider a subcategory of the IoT, the Web of Things (WoT), that is using web-enabled protocols for the IoT and enhance its security by means of the combination of smart cards with the SCWS. The feasibility of the solution is depicted through four use cases, for which architecture and protocols are described and the necessary security analysis is conducted. Future work can demonstrate in practice that the SCWS with smart cards can enhance the security of the Web and the WoT.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: SCWS ; Smart Card ; Smart Card Web Server ; Internet of Things ; IoT ; Web of Things ; WoT