The overall objective of the Security Expert INITiative (SEINIT) project is to ensure a trusted and dependable information security framework, ubiquitous, working across multiple devices, heterogeneous networks, being organisation independent (inter-operable) and centred around an end-user.
SEINIT is exploring new information security models and building the architecture and components to address our nomadic, pervasive, multi-player communicating world. This new solution uses information gathered by ambient intelligence and then deals with the new threats this entails.
Within the scope of these objectives, SEINIT approach is to:
The TSSG key role in this project has been in the research of Trust Management. A decision to trust or not trust parties (useful Trust) is based on the result of a computation on a selection of the concepts:
More precisely, the calculation is a weighted sum of the numerical representation of these concepts performed during the security negotiation.
The TSSG has undertaken with its project partners a software and hardware security negotiation implementation that integrates:
We call this Ambient Intelligence of the network infrastructure which is a kind of trust for the given communication environment (for instance a Security Domain). A change in the situation (due to an attack, etc.) of one communication link within the environment has an influence to the ambiance and then on the intrinsic security level of all communication links located within the same environment.
SEINIT is currently Finished and was funded by the European Union FP6 IST work programme, under Call 1 to a total of €3.9 million euro. The TSSG assigned budget was €354,000 euro. The project started in December of 2003 and finished in March 2006.