Novel User Security Experiences

The goal of this thrust is to improve security and privacy for mobile devices and users while emphasizing the usability and deployability of these mechanisms. We will initially focus its research along three different strands:

In open access to trusted execution environments, we will investigate how to safely open up hardware-based trusted execution environments to application developers in a controlled manner.

In novel applications of mobile platform security, we explore whether widely deployed platform security techniques can be used to address the security and privacy needs of emerging usage scenarios like in-vehicle infotainment.

In malware insights, we attempt to gauge the extent of mobile malware infection in the wild, and see if indicators that can be gathered inexpensively from mobile devices can help in the search of previously unknown malware by identifying a pool of devices potentially vulnerable to mobile malware.