Title page for ETD etd-05072008-122037

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Nelson, Theresa Michelle
Author's Email Address tnelson@vt.edu
URN etd-05072008-122037
Title Optimizations of Battery-Based Intrusion Protection Systems
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Tront, Joseph G. Committee Chair
Marchany, Randolph C. Committee Member
Schaumont, Patrick Robert Committee Member
  • intrusion protection system
  • mobile device
  • network security
Date of Defense 2008-04-29
Availability restricted
As time progresses, small mobile devices become more prevalent for both personal and industrial use, providing malicious network users with new and exciting venues for security exploits. Standard security applications, such as Norton Antivirus and MacAfee, require computing power, memory space, and operating system complexity that are not present in small mobile devices. Recently, the Battery-Sensing Intrusion Protection System (B-SIPS) was devised as a means to correct the inability of small mobile devices to protect themselves against network attacks. The B-SIPS application uses smart battery data in conjunction with process and network information to determine whether the mobile device is experiencing a battery depletion attack. Additionally, B-SIPS provides mobile device statistics to system administrators such that they can analyze the state of the wireless network more thoroughly. The research presented in this thesis collaborates with and extends the B-SIPS research through optimizations and validation. Areas of focus include ensuring public acceptance of the application through the implementation of a usability study and verifying that the deployment of the application will not jeopardize the performance of external mobile device applications. Additionally, this thesis describes how GUI optimizations are realized for both the B-SIPS client and CIDE server, how future smart battery hardware implementations are introduced for increased effectiveness with the B-SIPS application, and it discusses how an optimum deployment data transmission period is determined.
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