2018 Workshop On the Human aspects of Smarthome Security and Privacy (WSSP) Announced

Co-located with the 14th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security and 27th USENIX Security Symposium, our 2018 workshop will held at the August 12, 2018 at Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD. Led by Fattaneh Bayatbabolghani, L. Jean Camp, and Ryan Henry of Indiana University-Bloomington, along with Earlence Fernandes, Tadayoshi Kohno, and Shwetak Patel of University of Washington, the workshop is a half day program into smarthome security.

Smarthome security and privacy is an emerging topic and it has been drawing growing attention during recent years. Computer security and privacy for Smarthome is both fundamentally important and fundamentally challenging. It is important because security and privacy lapses in Smarthome devices can cause not only cultural and financial, but real physical harms to people, their pets, and their environments. It is challenging because of the technical properties of Smarthome devices (the “technical element”) and because of the complex issues that arise when designing technologies for a diverse collection of stakeholders (the “human element”). During that past years, extensive progress in addressing technical challenges in this area has been done, but there are still fundamental human-related challenges which are worthy to focus. Therefore, this workshop focuses specifically on computer security and privacy at the intersection of human factors of smarthome devises. For instance, enhancing usable security to improve the security and privacy properties of existing smathome technologies.

Our goal is to make WSSP a highly interactive workshop – a workshop that can help all attendees, including both authors of papers and non-authors – refine their own and others’ research directions and, ultimately, positively impact the human experience surrounding security, privacy, and smarthome technologies. The agenda is structured to maximize creative, research-enhancing discussions among participants.

Five topics will be covered:

Session 1: Challenges

The following paper will be presented by a discussant for 5 minutes, and then a broad discussion of challenges will follow. The discussion will be inspired by this paper, but can cover a broader range of challenges and related topics.

Title: Security for the Collective Reality of the Smart Home
Authors: Ross Koppel (University of Pennsylvania), Jim Blythe (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California), Vijay Kothari (Dartmouth College), Sean W. Smith (Dartmouth College)

Session 2: Privacy

The following papers will be presented by discussants, for 5 minutes each, and then a broad discussion of privacy will follow. The discussion will be inspired by these papers, but can cover a broader range of privacy-related topics.

Title: A Study of Privacy Policies Across Smart Home Companies
Authors: Paul Biocco (NCA&T State University), Mahsa Keshavarz (NCA&T State University), Patrick Hines (NCA&T State University), Mohd Anwar (NCA&T State University)
Title: Home Sweet Home? Investigating Users’ Awareness of Smart Home Privacy Threats
Authors: Nina Gerber (SECUSO, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Benjamin Reinheimer (SECUSO, Technische University of Darmstadt), Melanie Volkamer (SECUSO, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Title: Exploring Defaults and Framing Effects on Privacy Decision Making in Smarthomes
Authors: Paritosh Bahirat (Clemson University), Yangyang He (Clemson University), Bart P. Knijnenburg (Clemson University)

Session 3: Authentication

The following papers will be presented, for 5 minutes each, and then a broad discussion of authentication will follow. The discussion will be inspired by these papers, but can cover a broader range of privacy-related topics.

Title: A Cue is Worth a 1000 Resets: Using Google Assistant to Remember Passwords
Authors: Ann-Marie Horcher (Central Michigan University)
Title: Clap On, Clap Off: Usability of Authentication Methods in the Smart Home
Authors: Weijia He (University of Chicago), Juliette Hainline (University of Chicago), Roshni Padhi (University of Chicago), Blase Ur (University of Chicago)

For more agenda times, registration information, or additional information, please visit the SPICE website listing for WSSP 2018.