Funded Projects

An Intelligent Secure Kernel for Next Generation Mobile Computing Devices

Principal Investigator’s Organization (PIO):
National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU), Islamabad
Principal Investigator (PI):
Dr. Muddassar Farooq, Dr. Syed Ali Khayam
Project Details:
Start Date 01-Aug-2008
Duration 36 months + 4 months extension
Budget PKR 14.99 million
Status Project Successfully Completed
Progress Report View Progress Report
Publications N/A
Thematic Area Telecommunication
Project Website
Executive Summary

Mobile handheld computing devices like PDAs, Smartphones and Tablet PCs are becoming more popular, and major players in the market of desktop computing are now focusing on this fastest growing emerging market. With the popularity growth, security threats like viruses, trojans, worms, bacteria, spam, and other malware are becoming a serious concern in these devices as well. As a result, security issues of mobile computing are attracting the attention of a large number of researchers both in industry and academia. Unconventional techniques of Computational Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Immune Systems should be explored to build an optimized and light weight security system. The secure kernel framework provides security against malware threats and Denial of Service attacks (DoS) on network interfaces (GSM/GPRS and WLAN) of the mobile devices. The project aimed to develop secure kernel framework that enable self-monitoring, and consequently self-healing operation for an operating system of mobile devices. This software developed is installable on smartphones. The software emphasize minimum user intervention while ensuring system security. The key benefits of this project are given below: • This project provides a self-aware, self-monitoring, self-protecting comprehensive kernel framework that secures mobile computing devices from viruses, trojans, worms, bacteria, spam, and other security threats. • This framework also provides a scalable detection and protection from denial of service attacks (DoS) on network interfaces like GSM/GPRS and WLAN.