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INTEGRATED INFRASTRUCTURE FOR IDENTITY ASSURANCE PROJECT

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Arizona State University

Principle Investigators

Sandeep K.S. Gupta
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Arizona State University
sandeep.gupta@asu.edu

Partha Dasgupta
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Arizona State University
partha@asu.edu
Karam Chatha
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Arizona State University
kchatha@asu.edu

Students

Krishna Venkatasubramanian - Ph.D. Student, kkv@asu.edu

Sponsers


Description

The continual siege of user identities on the internet, by attackers has exposed several weaknesses in our computing identification infrastructure. The "shared secret" (e.g. passwords, social security numbers, MAC addresses) form of authentication is irretrievably broken.The attacks on such systems are well known, easy and lead to problems such as identity theft, device cloning, computer hijacking, financial fraud and eavesdropping.

The well known solution to the shared secret leakage problem is the use of challenge response schemes that use "public keys" and systems that use public keys are often called PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) systems. Even PKI systems are mired with deployment problems, ranging from usability to computational expense.

In this project we plan to to bridge the barriers to PKI deployment in consumer computing (usability and id-theft) and in sensor networking (power and performance). The underlying technology is the use of embedded hardware (cards using FPGA) for both cases, coupled with software, browser plug-ins and networking protocols.


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