Energy-oriented attacks in ICT environments

16 Maggio 2018 14:00

Campus Scientifico via Torino - edificio ZETA, Sala Riunioni B

Dr. Aniello Castiglione, Dip. di Informatica - Università di Salerno

Energy consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emissions are becoming major issues in the modern industrial society. Currently, high performance network infrastructures (routers, switches, optical amplifiers, etc.) have reached huge bandwidth capacity but their development has not been compensated at the same rate as for their energy consumption. Analogously, the ever-increasing data volumes (Big Data) to be processed, stored, and accessed every day in modern datacenters result in an energy demand growing a faster and faster pace. It is well-known that the power and cooling infrastructure of datacenters waste lot of energy. The same issues also arise on additional contexts, such as wireless sensor networks, IoT, mobile equipment and so on.
In this talk I will introduce a new family of security threats that can affect almost all the above-mentioned actors in the actual ICT environment (i.e, datacenter infrastructures, network infrastructures, mobile equipment, IoT, wireless sensor networks). For some of those contexts, we studied different kind of attacks and modelled their behaviour when under attack in order to record the response of each device and measure their power consumption. Those threats act by exploiting the computational and operational resources of their component in order to waste as much energy as possible.
The direct consequence of those threats is, of course, the increased costs in the energy bill. In addition, in some countries this can also lead to the penalization for exceeding the agreed quantity of greenhouse gases emissions, or, even worst, to a complete denial of service caused by electrical outages due to power budget exhaustion. This represents, from one side, an enormous financial burden on industry/people and, on the other side, is a significant public environmental issue. The talk will provide some ideas on how to mitigate such kind of threats and, at the same time, on how to prevent them on a large scale basis.

Bio Sketch:
Aniello Castiglione received the PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Salerno. Actually he is an adjunct professor with the University of Salerno, and with the University Federico II of Naples. He received the Italian national qualification as Associate Professor in Computer Science. He published more than 180 papers in international journals and conferences. He served in the organization (mainly as Program Chair and TPC member) in around 200 international conferences. He served as a reviewer for around 100 international journals and was the Managing Editor of two ISI-ranked international journals. He acted as a Guest Editor in around 20 Special Issues and served as an Editor in around 10 Editorial Boards of international journals.
In 2014, one of his paper (pub. on IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing) has been selected as "Featured Article" in the "IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative", while in 2018 another paper (pub. on IEEE Cloud Computing) has been selected as "Featured Article" in the "IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative". According to the Web of Science "Essential Science Indicators" (by Clarivate Analytics), one of his paper (pub. on IEEE Transactions on Computers) was awarded as "Highly Cited Paper" and "Research Front" paper since it was placed in the top 1% of academic field of Computer Science in the time interval November-December 2017.
His current research interests include Information Forensics, Digital Forensics, Security and Privacy on Cloud, Communication Networks, Applied Cryptography and Sustainable Computing. He is a member of several associations, including IEEE and ACM. He has been involved in forensic investigations, collaborating with several law enforcement agencies.


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