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Security and Privacy in V2X: Current Approaches for Deployment

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Andre Weimerskirch, President and CEO of escrypt Inc., USA

Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety applications are actively pushed by the American Department of Transportation for deployment in the mid-term. In a large scaled model deployment, a few thousand vehicles will be equipped with DSRC technology soon. Security and privacy is a major obstacle for successful deployment though. While the IEEE 1609.2 security standard describes details of security in V2V communication, many additional details are currently designed or remain open. In particular, privacy and renewal of security credentials pose a significant challenge.
In this presentation, an overview of the current approaches appropriate for deployment will be given. Privacy will be considered, open issues will be identified, and differences between the American and European approach will be analyzed.

Dr. Weimerskirch is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of American-based ESCRYPT Inc. and is in charge of the international activities of ESCRYPT.

From 2004 to 2007 Dr. Weimerskirch held the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of ESCRYPT GmbH. As CTO he significantly shaped the technological strategy of ESCRYPT. Previously, Dr. Weimerskirch was with several renowned companies in the areas of research, development, and consulting including Accenture, Deutsche Post, Philips Research, and Sun Labs.

He studied business information technology as well as mathematics at Darmstadt Technical University before receiving his Master of Science in computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA. He then received a Ph.D. of Ruhr-University of Bochum in the area of applied data security. He has led several national and international projects in the area of data security and published numerous articles.

Information Assurance for Sensor-based Vehicular Networks

Tuesday 06 September 2011, 15:50–16:50 (Golden Gate 8)

Zygmunt Haas, Cornell University

Information Assurance grew out of the field of computer network security. However, Information Assurance is a much broader term than network security - it relates to the managing of the risks associated with the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information. A basic model of Information Assurance relies on three properties: confidentiality, integrity, and availability, thus it is often referred to as the CIA model.

The wide consensus is that the commonly assumed attributes of sensor nodes, such as limited available energy, relatively small computational power, unattended operation, and wireless connectivity are considered challenges in implementing Information Assurance in sensor networks. Similarly, the broad range of applications, which results in broad range of possibly heterogeneous information modalities and with different quality-of-service requirements, makes the problem even more complex. This is in particular so for sensor-based vehicular networks which require very high degree of reliability. However, one can leverage some of these attributes to our advantage; e.g., a massive deployment of nodes can be exploited in the design of protocols for Information Assurance.

In this talk, I will describe some of the challenges in design and implementation of, as well as a number of approaches to support, Information Assurance for sensor-based vehicular networks.

Part of this work was done during the author’s rotational position with the National Science Foundation. The opinions described in this talk are of the author and are not, necessarily, those of the National Science Foundation.

Zygmunt J. Haas received his B.Sc. in 1979, his M.Sc. in 1985, and his Ph.D. in 1988 from Stanford University, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 1988, he joined the AT&T Bell Laboratories in the Network Research Area. There he pursued research in wireless communications, mobility management, fast protocols, optical networks, and optical switching. In August 1995, he joined the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, where he is now a Professor. He heads the Wireless Network Laboratory (, a research group with extensive contributions in the area of Ad Hoc Networks and Sensor Networks. Dr. Haas is an IEEE Fellow and an author of over 200 technical conference and journal papers and holds eighteen patents in the areas of wireless networks and wireless communications, optical switching and optical networks, and high-speed networking protocols. Dr. Haas chaired and co-chaired several key conferences in the communications and networking areas, organized many workshops, delivered numerous tutorials at major IEEE and ACM conferences, and has served as editor of many journals and magazines, including the IEEE Transactions on Networking, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, the IEEE Communications Magazine, and the Springer Wireless Networks journal (WINET). Dr. Haas served as a Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Personal Communications and as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Pervasive Computing magazine. His interests comprise: mobile and wireless communication and networks, modeling and performance evaluation of large and complex systems, and biologically-inspired networks.

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