Essay on Security Issues of Ambient Networks

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In this essay we will present security issues of a networking concept referred to as ambient networks, which aims to enable the cooperation of heterogeneous networks belonging to different operator or technology domains. In this way, it appears as homogeneous to the users of the network services.

Providing security in ambient networks is a huge challenge. The main reason is that the traditional security model is not valid anymore. Traditional security assumes that there is a vulnerable channel between communicating parties, where eavesdropping, modification of messages or denial of service attacks can occur. But it also assumes that the sender and receiver operate in some form of secure environment. Hence all models of attacks focus on
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Besides it should be almost invisible and moreover it should be nowhere unless we need it.
Figure 1 shows an overview of the Ambient Information Network. The flow of information through this network is controlled by proprietary server software built using best-of-breed network software technologies and is currently deployed on a server farm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ambient has partnerships with many content providers who generate high-volume content feeds describing a wide variety of types of information, including weather observations, weather predictions, auto traffic patterns, stock market performance, electricity market performance, astronomical data, personal bank account data, ski resort reports, and many others. Our central server records millions of individual pieces of content each day and greatly compresses and aggregates it so that it can be efficiently and economically transmitted over the long-range Flex™ paging network.

Figure 1: Ambient Information Network Overview
In this paper [1] authors Wan Young Chung et al tells us that there is many security issues rises with the improvement in technology for location tracking of indoor objects. The technology is accurate around 5~10 cm. this technology is used in a large number of fields like hospital, vehicle navigation etc. all the information’s about objects in the environment are gather to a base station using RF and Ultrasonic
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