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Alexander Fishel – Graduate Project Defense
Alexander Fishel will present a thesis defense of “Controlling Non-managed Personal Devices Using PacketFence.”
Since Internet-enabled phones first became available to consumers, the number of these devices has greatly increased over the years. A vast majority of people within the country carry an Internet-capable device with them on a day-to-day basis. The existence of these devices in an organization can pose a risk. Users might transfer internal files to cloud-based storage sites the organization does not control using an app. Some users might have circumvented the built-in restrictions on the device, a process known as jailbreaking. Others still might not update their system software enough. Because the devices belong to the users and not the organization, managing them takes care and planning. An organization must be careful not to be too heavy-handed in their attempts to secure these devices, and still allow the users control of what is theirs. This project presents a potential solution to this problem, with the implementation of an open-source network access control appliance called PacketFence. Several controls on potential risks are demonstrated, along with examples of how they are implemented. Lessons learned and potential opportunities for future work are then discussed.
Committee Members: Y. Tang and J. Wolf