An analysis of smart home cybersecurity standards

Lachlan Urquhart, Piasecki Stanislaw, Derek Mcauley

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As part of the EPSRC Defence Against Dark Artefacts (DADA) project, the objective of our paper is the analysis of current smart home cybersecurity standards and how they try to address the insecurity of smart homes. We conducted a thematic analysis, used case studies (such as the Mirai Botnet affair) and the routine activity theory criminological concept to illustrate and apply our analysis in real world scenarios. Our study shows that current standards are uniquely based on cloud architectures for smart home environments. This paper argues that the “Databox” approach, in which data is stored locally, is much safer than a cloud-based one. As a consequence, standards should start to be written on the basis of the Databox model. Moreover, there are currently no standards that take sociological concerns into consideration. This needs to be changed as the number of human threats in smart homes is increasing. We hope that our paper will influence researchers, policy makers and IoT stakeholders to work towards the adoption of the Databox model to better prevent and deal with cyber-criminality.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Sept 2019
EventEUROCRIM 2019 - Ghenr, Belgium
Duration: 19 Sept 2019 → …


ConferenceEUROCRIM 2019
Period19/09/19 → …


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