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Always-On Security over ADSL
For further information please contact:

Heinz Brüggemann
Project Supervisor
Wieblinger Weg 19/4
69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Project Information
What is this Study about?

The emerging of always-on connection will raise security concerns. These concerns have to do with the fact that no qualified administrator is handling security of home networks and user terminals. In case of always-on services these networks and terminal devices will be permanently exposed to a potential attack. Furthermore, they could also be used to launch attacks against other computers in the absence of proper protection. This issue should be tackled now, before DSL gets really widespread and a malicious attack happens that damages overall customer confidence and trust in the technology.

Hence, the forming question for this study is: What are the security implications of having an always-on connection to private and SOHO PCs and other terminal equipment (embedded web servers), and which support/security services could be provided to such users by their ISPs?

What are the main objectives of this Study?

The study focuses on the security implications of always-on access with particular focus on the ADSL technology for home and SOHO users.

The study will aim at:

  • identifying the security threats and estimate their potential impact.
  • investigating security solutions and their impact on popular user applications and services
  • suggesting potential opportunities for security services
  • recommending further actions, future research or experiments

What are the expected results?

The Study will produce one Project Report of not more than 40 pages supported by a Technical Information, providing more in-depth findings.

Project Results
Deliverable Title  No Planned issue date
PR: Always-On Security over ADSL D1 15 April 2002
TI: Technical details for Always-On Security over ADSL D2 15 April 2002