Interview With Edewede Oriwoh, Independent Cyber-Physical Security Researcher

Edewede, you spent some time as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bedfordshire. What was your area of study, and what first sparked your interest in it?

My research involved investigating security threats in Smart Homes (SH) and developing an anomaly detection framework and a presence detection model for Smart Homes. It was clear in the early stages of my research that security was (and this is sometimes the case with major technological developments) not quite prominent in discussions and developments around the IoT. In recognition of the importance of the security within SH, I developed the concept of a Cyber-physically secure “Happy Home” which is a baseline security model in which all the elements in a SH are at their most secure state. These elements are a set of attributes (or features) which can be used to build a “Happy Home” – or the equivalent for any other Cyber-physical environment. Deviations from this baseline can be used to identify anomalies in the overall SH system.

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