Special Seminar: Markus Miettinen "Managing the Unmanageable - Towards Autonomous Security for the Internet of Things"

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Managing the Unmanageable - Towards Autonomous Security for the Internet of Things

Markus Miettinen


The enormous growth of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is profoundly changing our networked computing environments, as thousands of new device manufacturers are introducing products with network connectivity to the market at an ever-increasing pace. The enormous scale and the inherent heterogeneity of these new types of devices pose significant challenges towards security, as they not only widen the attack surface of systems, but are also difficult to manage using traditional approaches based on, e.g., pre-defined policies and settings. All of this calls for new approaches that would enable systems to autonomously adapt to their changing environment and respond to even unknown attacks in a meaningful way. In this talk I will provide a brief overview of our recent research in applying behavioural profiling and machine learning methods for allowing systems to autonomously make security-relevant decisions and respond to emerging threats, e.g., by allowing networks to automatically identify new devices and detect malicious behaviour caused by successful device compromises.

I will also discuss challenges that threats like adversarial machine learning pose to such systems and provide an outlook into possible avenues for future research.


Dr.-Ing. Markus Miettinen is a postdoctoral researcher at the System Security Lab of the Cybersecurity and privacy research centre CYSEC of Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. He received his M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Helsinki in 2002 and his Doktor Ingenieur degree from the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2018. Prior to joining academia in 2013, he pursued a career in industrial research for more than a decade as a research engineer and senior researcher at the Nokia Research Center in Helsinki, Finland and Lausanne, Switzerland as well at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) in Darmstadt, Germany. At TU Darmstadt he is part of the Intel Collaborative Research Centre for Collaborative Autonomous and Resilient Systems (ICRI-CARS) and has been involved in collaborations with other major industrial partners like Cisco. He is author in more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications and inventor or co-inventor of 17 granted international patents in ten patent families. His research interests are focused on IoT security and practical applications of profiling and machine learning methods for security in real-world use cases.

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