An Analysis of Trust in Smart Home Devices

TitleAn Analysis of Trust in Smart Home Devices
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsD. Ferraris, D. Bastos, C. Fernandez-Gago, F. El-Moussa, and J. Lopez
Conference NameThe 20th World Conference on Information Security Applications: WISA-Workshop 2019
Conference LocationJeju Island, Korea
KeywordsInternet of Things (IoT), security, Smart Home., Trust

In recent times, smart home devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home have reached mainstream popularity. These devices are intrinsically intrusive, being able to access user’s personal information. There are growing concerns about indiscriminate data collection and invasion of user privacy in smart home devices. Improper trust assumptions and security controls can lead to unauthorized access of the devices, which can have severe consequences (i.e. safety risks). In this paper, we analysed the behaviour of smart home devices with respect to trust relationships. We set up a smart home environment to evaluate how trust is built and managed. Then, we performed a number of interaction tests with different types of users (i.e. owner, guests). As a result, we were able to assess the effectiveness of the provided security controls and identify some relevant security issues. To address them, we defined a trust model and proposed a solution based on it for securing smart home devices.

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