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August 25, 2014

Enck’s Research Focuses on Smartphone Security

Dr. William Enck, assistant professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $49,726 by the US Army Research Office to support his research proposal entitled “Refining Security for Smartphone Applications.”
The award will run from August 15, 2014 to May 14, 2015.
Abstract – Smartphones running Android and iOS have penetrated all areas of the public and private sectors. These platforms mark an important milestone in operating system security: they enforce security policies on applications, not users. Both platforms use least privilege security goals for user-applications downloaded from application markets. However, whereas Android largely enforces security goals with OS policy, iOS depends highly on a review process. Unfortunately, review alone can be circumvented, as demonstrated by multiple recent works. This proposal seeks to deepen our understanding of least privilege policy for user-applications by designing formal frameworks and algorithms for modeling, extracting, and enforcing policy. Successful execution of the proposed tasks enhances end-user security and privacy in Android and iOS devices.
For more information on Dr. Enck, click here.

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