Mobile Security

Contacts: Aubrey-Derrick Schmidt, Leonid Batyuk, Seyit Ahmet Camtepe


Mobile devices, such as smartphones, netbooks and tablets, are gaining increasing popularity. In particular, next-generation mobile phones are spreading faster and faster since technological progress changes traditional mobile phones into technological sophisticated and advanced smartphones. Additionally, the continuous decrease of prices for mobile devices strengthens this progress.

Through the increasing number of functions and computing power of mobile devices such as smartphones, the risk that this growing group of users suffers from computerized attacks increases as well. Being able to break confidentiality, integrity, and availability can be seen as main motivation for these attacks. This is achieved by means of malicious software or personalized attacks which can directly lead to harm.

Despite the similarity to traditional computer systems, their corresponding security systems cannot be easily transferred to mobile platforms. Especially the limited energy and computing resources make a transfer technologically complicated. In order to be able to protect current and future generations of mobile devices effectively and efficiently new approaches are needed that take these characteristics of these devices fully into account.

The Competence Center Security of the DAI-Laboratory conducts research on such approaches, which are mainly investigated for Smartphone platforms. Since 2005, the DAI-Labor has been working on the development of innovative security systems for mobile devices while focusing on joint work with international research partners from science and industry.