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Secure Interoperable Full-Stack Internet of Things for Smart Home

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SIFIS-HOME (Secure Interoperable Full-Stack Internet of Things for Smart Home)

Reporting period: 2020-10-01 to 2022-03-31

SIFIS-Home will provide a multi-level secure, accountable and privacy-aware framework for improving resilience by enforcing and managing application/service security and data protection, as well as for managing in a security-aware manner the smart services typical of a Smart Home environment.

SIFIS-Home will achieve the overall aim by addressing the following technical objectives (with each implemented by their corresponding work package):

Objective 1: SIFIS-Home will provide an adaptive, intuitive, user friendly and extensible set of secure programming interfaces for developers of Smart Home secure applications and services, which allow the exploitation of the SIFIS-Home framework in its full potential.

Objective 2: SIFIS-Home will perform research activities on code security and privacy issues by proposing IoT specific metrics and conformance labels for code security and privacy, which will also result in tools for software assessment, aimed at helping developers to write secure and SIFIS-Home compliant application code.

Objective 3: SIFIS-Home will provide novel secure communication and management methods and services, as open software components and privacy-friendly building blocks for Smart Home application scenarios.

Objective 4: SIFIS-Home will adopt a fully privacy-aware approach for data management, and will accordingly design novel privacy-preserving data analysis techniques for smart services that provide transparent security services to identify and tackle misbehaviours and intrusion attempts without hindering users’ privacy.

Objective 5: SIFIS-Home will propose, design, implement, and deploy an architectural model and smart home services designed to ensure verifiable data security at all times.

Objective 6: SIFIS-Home will deliver a real-life pilot use case, based on an interconnected Smart Home environment.

Objective 7: SIFIS-Home will actively disseminate and exploit the project results and will engage in activities devoted to standardize such results.
At the end of Period 1, the following main results and work had been achieved.

WP1 Distributed System Architecture
o The first deliverable of WP1, D1.1 "Initial Architecture Requirements Report", was submitted on schedule in March 2021.
o All use cases and requirements for the SIFIS-Home framework and architecture have been defined and reported in deliverable D1.2.
o The first version of the SIFIS-Home architecture and SIFIS-Home framework have been released and published in D1.3.

WP2 Guidelines and Procedures for System and Software Security and Legacy Compliance
o The second deliverable, namely D2.2 “Preliminary Developer guidelines”, has been completed, and submitted on schedule in September 2021.
o The third deliverable, namely D2.6 “Initial Report on Legal and Ethical Aspects”, has been completed, and submitted on schedule in March 2022.

WP3 Network and System Security
o The first deliverable of WP3, namely D3.1 “Analysis and feedback on architecture requirements and goals”, was submitted on schedule in May 2021. The deliverable also provides a brief, high-level overview of the technical security solutions under development in WP3.
o The second deliverable of WP3, namely D3.2 “Preliminary report on Network and System Security Solutions”, was submitted on schedule in March 2022. Each of the presented security solutions has been explicitly put in relation to the pertaining requirements defined in deliverable D1.2 as well as to the pertaining SIFIS-Home architecture components defined in deliverable D1.3.

WP4 Privacy-Aware Analytics for Security and Services
o The second deliverable of WP4, namely D4.2 "Initial Design and Development of Privacy Aware Analytics for Secure Services", was submitted on schedule in April 2022.

WP5 Integration, Testing and Demonstration
o Three test beds have been defined, a simulated one and a physical one for the SIFIS Home network and then also a special test beds to validate network security solutions from WP3. The live and simulated testbed has already been deployed on a server hosted by CNR.
o The WP1 architecture has been analysed and evaluation and decisions has been made how it is going to be developed practically considering the available legacy by partners has been done.
o The components that need to be developed to enable the test beds has been assigned to the different partners and are being implemented. The progress of the development activities is being tracked.
o A development and deployment framework has been deployed and made available to all SIFIS-Home partners to integrate the technical solutions coming from the technical WPs.

WP6 Smart Home Use Case
o Preparation of a preliminary version of D6.1 reporting the different devices that are going to be used in the pilot as well as a preliminary list of smart home use cases that are going to be implemented in WP6.
o Development of a preliminary WebThings compliant version of the software managing one of the WiFi actuators used by Mind.

WP7 Dissemination, Standardization and Exploitation
o The external communication channels and the visual identity for the project, including the website, social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube), logo and presentation materials, were created and set up in the beginning of the project with active content creation from the start.
o Participation to several IETF general meetings, Working Group interim meetings and related Hackathon /testing events.
o 3 IETF Internet Drafts were adopted as Working Group documents in the CoRE Working Group.
o 1 IETF Internet Draft was adopted as Working Group document in the ACE Working Group.
o 1 IETF Internet Draft from the ACE Working Group was approved for publication as Proposed Standard.
o 6 published Journal articles; 2 published conference papers; 1 published magazine article.
o Active content creation in the external communication channels (SIFIS-Home project website, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube) has continued during the second period with 9 blog posts, various news posts, tweets and retweets through the SIFIS-Home project website, project and partner Twitter accounts and LinkedIn account posts about the project progress, ongoing activities, events, milestones and videos presenting project achievements and partner introductions.
o 2 additional scientific journal papers published, 1 white paper published and 3 news journals (Wired IT, RaiNews 24, Sky Italy (Pop Economy) with interviews included created.
o 1 workshop organized (ETAA 2021), 2 workshops participated
o Participation to dissemination event (Internet Festival, Italy 10/2021)
The SIFIS-Home project will make relevant progresses with respect to the current state of the art concerning a set of technologies required for implementing the functionality of a Smart Home system. To this end, the SIFIS-Home project will enhance the Security in the Internet of Things through the development of a resilient framework implementing Dynamic Distributed Intrusion Detection, Intrusion Prevention and Accountability and Software Fault and Vulnerability Detection and Mitigation. Such a development will employ Secure Languages and Cybersecurity Coding Best Practices, and will perform proper Software Security Measurements in order to guarantee the framework security.
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