IoT security and privacy: main challenges, technical solutions and regulatory framework

Prof. Radouane Mrabet
Emeritus Professor at Mohammed V University of Rabat – Morocco


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a highly interconnected global network structure that consists of billions of things that have the potential to interact with people and with each other. IoT has enormous potential in almost every field and for the benefit of everyone. However, IoT presents new types of challenges from the point of view of security, trust and privacy. Organizations of all sizes need to rethink their security and individuals must protect their privacy and safety.
In addition, IoT security needs to be addressed earlier in the design process for each connected object knowing that it is likely a resource-constrained device such as a sensor node that has limited processing and storage capabilities, and often runs on batteries.
In this talk, I will discuss the basics of IoT security and how to design an IoT security strategy. I’ll also
review some security solutions such as securing sensors from eavesdropping and radio jamming attacks, protocols and network security, data encryption, enhanced biometric authentication, next-generation firewalls and web gateways. They include also fault tolerance which requires that all objects need to be secure by default, have the ability to know the state of the network and its services, and should be able to defend themselves against network failures and attacks. Concerning ensuring privacy some required principles will be discussed such as privacy by design and transparency.
In the last part of the talk, we’ll discuss the OTA IoT security and privacy trust framework which includes a set of strategic principles necessary to help secure IOT devices and their data when shipped and throughout their entire life-cycle.


Radouane Mrabet is an Emeritus professor at University Mohammed V of Rabat Morocco and the President of Internet Society Morocco Chapter.
Pr. Radouane Mrabet is the former President of the University Mohammed V – Souissi (December 2010 – August 2014). He served also as Director of ENSIAS (National School of Computer Science and Systems Analysis) between November 2007 and December 2010.
He is a founding member and General Coordinator of the Task Force IPv6 Morocco since June 2006. He was the former Co-Chair of the Franco-Moroccan research program Hubert Curien (PHC Volubilis) and Franco-North African research program (Maghreb PHC).
Pr. Radouane Mrabet is the author of dozens of national and international publications. He led several R & D projects and studies in the fields of information technology (NET’U MED, JOINMED, BEITI6, TELESUN, …). The organization of several important scientific events is also to his credit.
Pr. Radouane Mrabet received his PhD in June 1995 from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium in the field of Communication Networks. He received a Master degree in July 1987 from Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris – France, in the field of Computer Systems. Finally, he is an Engineer from École Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs, Mohammed V University, Rabat – Morocco, also in the field of Computer Systems.

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Important dates

Submission deadline March 14 18, 2018
Notification to authors March 31 April 6, 2018
Final version due April 10, 2018
Registration deadline April 16, 2018
ICMCS'18 Conference May, 10-12, 2018

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