The Net Rat: Rethinking Connected Services for Increased Security

Bernd Prünster, Florian Reimair, Andreas Reiter

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Abstract

Traditional desktop computers have been outranked in terms of usage numbers by mobile devices. Still, many popular mobile-first services rely on workflows designed decades ago for a different environment. When relying on cloud-based services, privacy and data protection issues need to be considered. Mostly, however, one can choose between either well-supported legacy applications or innovative niche solutions. In this paper, we introduce the Net Rat, a framework enabling a seamless transition from existing centralised setups to decentralised state-of-the-art services, increasing security while maintaining backwards compatibility to well-established legacy services. We demonstrate the feasibility of our approach with a case study focusing on the decentralisation of the e-mail service—until now, this failed due to missing backward compatibility. A security analysis demonstrates how our approach reaches its goal of protecting user data through decentralisation. The Net Rat is built on a solid foundation as result of a security-first design. The results of this work clearly show the feasibility of decentralising existing services and highlight how well-established services can be improved. Our approach also presents opportunities to develop new services based on a solid foundation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications
PublisherSciTePress
Pages375-383
Number of pages9
Volume4: SECRYPT
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-758-259-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
EventInternational Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 24 Jul 201727 Jul 2017
Conference number: 14

Conference

ConferenceInternational Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications
Abbreviated titleICETE 2017
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period24/07/1727/07/17

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Data privacy
Mobile devices
Personal computers

Keywords

  • peer-to-peer
  • network security
  • decentralisation

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

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  • Application

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Prünster, B., Reimair, F., & Reiter, A. (2017). The Net Rat: Rethinking Connected Services for Increased Security. In Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications (Vol. 4: SECRYPT, pp. 375-383). SciTePress.

The Net Rat : Rethinking Connected Services for Increased Security. / Prünster, Bernd; Reimair, Florian; Reiter, Andreas.

Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications. Vol. 4: SECRYPT SciTePress, 2017. p. 375-383.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

Prünster, B, Reimair, F & Reiter, A 2017, The Net Rat: Rethinking Connected Services for Increased Security. in Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications. vol. 4: SECRYPT, SciTePress, pp. 375-383, International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications, Madrid, Spain, 24/07/17.
Prünster B, Reimair F, Reiter A. The Net Rat: Rethinking Connected Services for Increased Security. In Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications. Vol. 4: SECRYPT. SciTePress. 2017. p. 375-383
Prünster, Bernd ; Reimair, Florian ; Reiter, Andreas. / The Net Rat : Rethinking Connected Services for Increased Security. Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications. Vol. 4: SECRYPT SciTePress, 2017. pp. 375-383
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