582704 Mobile System Security

Principal theme Prerequisite knowledge Approaches the learning objectives Reaches the learning objectives Deepens the learning objectives
Mobile platform security Knowledge of basic concepts in security (e.g. Introduction to Security); Knowledge of essential OS principles (e.g. Operating Systems, Distributed Systems)

Can explain how platform security works on a general level. Can explain basic concepts of access control (ACLs, capabilities). Can explain the difference between DAC and MAC.

Can explain basic concepts in trusted computing (secure/authenticated boot, secure storage, trusted execution environment).

Can explain details of the design and implementation of platform security architectures in one or more mobile platforms: permission requests and assignment, the role of a reference monitor, application isolation and controlled API access to system functionality.

Understands the limitations of today’s platform security mechanisms, and the interplay of security and other values such as flexibility for developers or usability.

Usability of security None

Can name and describe some challenges in achieving usable mobile security.

Can identify potential usability/security tradeoffs in a given system.

Is able to suggest improvements to a given system and argue their usability/security benefits.

Research topics in mobile security Ability to read and write text in scientific style (e.g. the courses in scientific writing for BSc or MSc level)

Can describe some of the active research topics in the area, such as information flow protection and usability of permissions assignment.

Can summarize and discuss the state of the art in some of the research topics.

Is able to critically evaluate research papers on mobile security; is able to identify open problems.


16.11.2015 - 12:32 N. Asokan
23.09.2013 - 17:08 Sini S Ruohomaa