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A Dropbox-like Secure Cloud System based on SEcube™

Parole chiave CLOUD COMPUTING, CYBERSECURITY, DIGITAL SYSTEM DESIGN TEST AND VERIFICATION, SECURE CLOUD

Riferimenti PAOLO ERNESTO PRINETTO

Riferimenti esterni Gianluca ROASCIO (CINI Cybersecurity National Laboratory)
Nicolò MAUNERO (CINI Cybersecurity National Laboratory)
Antonio VARRIALE (Blu5 Labs Ltd)

Gruppi di ricerca GR-21 - TESTGROUP - TESTGROUP

Tipo tesi EXPERIMENTAL THESIS

Descrizione Motivations:
SEcube™ is a combination of three main cores in a 3D single-chip design. Low-power ARM Cortex-M4 processor, a flexible and fast Field-Programmable-Gate-Array (FPGA), and an EAL5+ certified Security Controller (SmartCard) are embedded in an extremely compact package. This makes it a unique security environment where each function can be optimized, executed, and verified on its proper hardware device. Leveraging the SEcube™, it is possible to virtualize and maintain secure filesystems, protecting sensible data and application, that can only be accessed through by means of firewalls: stored data is strongly encrypted and digitally signed, and is accessible only from trusted third-parties’ application. Without the SEcube™ device (which can be as little as a microSD card) and its password, not even the structure of the filesystem itself is accessible.

The thesis aims at developing an innovative Windows wrapper for a Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE), comprising also anmemory security firewall, resorting to the hardware built-in capabilities, and the software libraries, of the SEcube™. The system developed will then be combined with a file-sharing system (e.g., Dropbox) to deliver a powerful secure and reliable cloud system.

Learning outcomes:

During this thesis, the candidate will learn how to approach to middleware and SDKs for microcontrollers, how to deal with file systems and low-level data protection, and will gain an in-depth knowledge about cybersecurity primitives and methods and network-based communication.


External/Industrial cooperations:

The thesis activities will be carried out in collaboration with:
- Blu5 Labs Ltd (Malta)
- CINI Cybersecurity National Laboratory

Note Number of required Students: 1 or 2


Scadenza validita proposta 20/05/2020      PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA




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