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ASU Electronic Theses and Dissertations


This collection includes most of the ASU Theses and Dissertations from 2011 to present. ASU Theses and Dissertations are available in downloadable PDF format; however, a small percentage of items are under embargo. Information about the dissertations/theses includes degree information, committee members, an abstract, supporting data or media.

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Resource Type
  • Masters Thesis
Subject
Date Range
2012 2018


The digital forensics community has neglected email forensics as a process, despite the fact that email remains an important tool in the commission of crime. Current forensic practices focus mostly on that of disk forensics, while email forensics is left as an analysis task stemming from that practice. As there is no well-defined process to be used for email forensics the comprehensiveness, extensibility of tools, uniformity of evidence, usefulness in collaborative/distributed environments, and consistency of investigations are hindered. At present, there exists little support for discovering, acquiring, and representing web-based email, despite its widespread use. To remedy this, a systematic …

Contributors
Paglierani, Justin, Ahn, Gail-Joon, Yau, Stephen S, et al.
Created Date
2013

The success of Bitcoin has generated significant interest in the financial community to understand whether the technological underpinnings of the cryptocurrency paradigm can be leveraged to improve the efficiency of financial processes in the existing infrastructure. Various alternative proposals, most notably, Ripple and Ethereum, aim to provide solutions to the financial community in different ways. These proposals derive their security guarantees from either the computational hardness of proof-of-work or voting based distributed consensus mechanism, both of which can be computationally expensive. Furthermore, the financial audit requirements for a participating financial institutions have not been suitably addressed. This thesis presents a …

Contributors
Gupta, Saurabh, Bazzi, Rida, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2016

Data from a total of 282 online web applications was collected, and accounts for 230 of those web applications were created in order to gather data about authentication practices, multistep authentication practices, security question practices, fallback authentication practices, and other security practices for online accounts. The account creation and data collection was done between June 2016 and April 2017. The password strengths for online accounts were analyzed and password strength data was compared to existing data. Security questions used by online accounts were evaluated for security and usability, and fallback authentication practices were assessed based on their adherence to best …

Contributors
Gutierrez, Garrett, Bazzi, Rida, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2017

Cognitive Radios (CR) are designed to dynamically reconfigure their transmission and/or reception parameters to utilize the bandwidth efficiently. With a rapidly fluctuating radio environment, spectrum management becomes crucial for cognitive radios. In a Cognitive Radio Ad Hoc Network (CRAHN) setting, the sensing and transmission times of the cognitive radio play a more important role because of the decentralized nature of the network. They have a direct impact on the throughput. Due to the tradeoff between throughput and the sensing time, finding optimal values for sensing time and transmission time is difficult. In this thesis, a method is proposed to improve …

Contributors
Bapat, Namrata, Syrotiuk, Violet R, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2012

With the recent expansion in the use of wearable technology, a large number of users access personal data with these smart devices. The consumer market of wearables includes smartwatches, health and fitness bands, and gesture control armbands. These smart devices enable users to communicate with each other, control other devices, relax and work out more effectively. As part of their functionality, these devices store, transmit, and/or process sensitive user personal data, perhaps biological and location data, making them an abundant source of confidential user information. Thus, prevention of unauthorized access to wearables is necessary. In fact, it is important to …

Contributors
Mukherjee, Tamalika, Yau, Sik-Sang, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2017

With the software-defined networking trend growing, several network virtualization controllers have been developed in recent years. These controllers, also called network hypervisors, attempt to manage physical SDN based networks so that multiple tenants can safely share the same forwarding plane hardware without risk of being affected by or affecting other tenants. However, many areas remain unexplored by current network hypervisor implementations. This thesis presents and evaluates some of the features offered by network hypervisors, such as full header space availability, isolation, and transparent traffic forwarding capabilities for tenants. Flow setup time and throughput are also measured and compared among different …

Contributors
Stall Rechia, Felipe, Syrotiuk, Violet R, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2016

Passwords are ubiquitous and are poised to stay that way due to their relative usability, security and deployability when compared with alternative authentication schemes. Unfortunately, humans struggle with some of the assumptions or requirements that are necessary for truly strong passwords. As administrators try to push users towards password complexity and diversity, users still end up using predictable mangling patterns on old passwords and reusing the same passwords across services; users even inadvertently converge on the same patterns to a surprising degree, making an attacker’s job easier. This work explores using machine learning techniques to pick out strong passwords from …

Contributors
Todd, Margaret Nicole, Xue, Guoliang, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2016

Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) mechanisms have been attracting a lot of interest from the research community in recent times. This is especially because of the flexibility and extensibility it provides by using attributes assigned to subjects as the basis for access control. ABAC enables an administrator of a server to enforce access policies on the data, services and other such resources fairly easily. It also accommodates new policies and changes to existing policies gracefully, thereby making it a potentially good mechanism for implementing access control in large systems, particularly in today's age of Cloud Computing. However management of the …

Contributors
Prabhu Verleker, Ashwin Narayan, Huang, Dijiang, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2014

In traditional networks the control and data plane are highly coupled, hindering development. With Software Defined Networking (SDN), the two planes are separated, allowing innovations on either one independently of the other. Here, the control plane is formed by the applications that specify an organization's policy and the data plane contains the forwarding logic. The application sends all commands to an SDN controller which then performs the requested action on behalf of the application. Generally, the requested action is a modification to the flow tables, present in the switches, to reflect a change in the organization's policy. There are a …

Contributors
Natarajan, Janakarajan, Huang, Dijiang, Syrotiuk, Violet R, et al.
Created Date
2016

Detecting cyber-attacks in cyber systems is essential for protecting cyber infrastructures from cyber-attacks. It is very difficult to detect cyber-attacks in cyber systems due to their high complexity. The accuracy of the attack detection in the cyber systems depends heavily on the completeness of the collected sensor information. In this thesis, two approaches are presented: one to detecting attacks in completely observable cyber systems, and the other to estimating types of states in partially observable cyber systems for attack detection in cyber systems. These two approaches are illustrated using three large data sets of network traffic because the packet-level information …

Contributors
Guha, Sayantan, Yau, Stephen S., Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2016

With the growth of IT products and sophisticated software in various operating systems, I observe that security risks in systems are skyrocketing constantly. Consequently, Security Assessment is now considered as one of primary security mechanisms to measure assurance of systems since systems that are not compliant with security requirements may lead adversaries to access critical information by circumventing security practices. In order to ensure security, considerable efforts have been spent to develop security regulations by facilitating security best-practices. Applying shared security standards to the system is critical to understand vulnerabilities and prevent well-known threats from exploiting vulnerabilities. However, many end …

Contributors
Seo, Jeongjin, Ahn, Gail-Joon, Yau, Stephen S, et al.
Created Date
2014

Access control is necessary for information assurance in many of today's applications such as banking and electronic health record. Access control breaches are critical security problems that can result from unintended and improper implementation of security policies. Security testing can help identify security vulnerabilities early and avoid unexpected expensive cost in handling breaches for security architects and security engineers. The process of security testing which involves creating tests that effectively examine vulnerabilities is a challenging task. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) has been widely adopted to support fine-grained access control. However, in practice, due to its complexity including role management, role …

Contributors
Gupta, Poonam, Ahn, Gail-Joon, Collofello, James, et al.
Created Date
2014

The volume and frequency of cyber attacks have exploded in recent years. Organizations subscribe to multiple threat intelligence feeds to increase their knowledge base and better equip their security teams with the latest information in threat intelligence domain. Though such subscriptions add intelligence and can help in taking more informed decisions, organizations have to put considerable efforts in facilitating and analyzing a large number of threat indicators. This problem worsens further, due to a large number of false positives and irrelevant events detected as threat indicators by existing threat feed sources. It is often neither practical nor cost-effective to analyze …

Contributors
Modi, Ajay, Ahn, Gail-Joon, Zhao, Ziming, et al.
Created Date
2017

Data protection has long been a point of contention and a vastly researched field. With the advent of technology and advances in Internet technologies, securing data has become much more challenging these days. Cloud services have become very popular. Given the ease of access and availability of the systems, it is not easy to not use cloud to store data. This however, pose a significant risk to data security as more of your data is available to a third party. Given the easy transmission and almost infinite storage of data, securing one's sensitive information has become a major challenge. Cloud …

Contributors
Srivastava, Abhijeet, Ahn, Gail-Joon, Zhao, Ziming, et al.
Created Date
2016

This thesis addresses the ever increasing threat of botnets in the smartphone domain and focuses on the Android platform and the botnets using Online Social Networks (OSNs) as Command and Control (C&C;) medium. With any botnet, C&C; is one of the components on which the survival of botnet depends. Individual bots use the C&C; channel to receive commands and send the data. This thesis develops active host based approach for identifying the presence of bot based on the anomalies in the usage patterns of the user before and after the bot is installed on the user smartphone and alerting the …

Contributors
Kilari, Vishnu Teja, Xue, Guoliang, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2013

E-Mail header injection vulnerability is a class of vulnerability that can occur in web applications that use user input to construct e-mail messages. E-Mail injection is possible when the mailing script fails to check for the presence of e-mail headers in user input (either form fields or URL parameters). The vulnerability exists in the reference implementation of the built-in “mail” functionality in popular languages like PHP, Java, Python, and Ruby. With the proper injection string, this vulnerability can be exploited to inject additional headers and/or modify existing headers in an e-mail message, allowing an attacker to completely alter the content …

Contributors
Chandramouli, Sai Prashanth, Doupé, Adam, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2016

Due to the shortcomings of modern Mobile Device Management solutions, businesses have begun to incorporate forensics to analyze their mobile devices and respond to any incidents of malicious activity in order to protect their sensitive data. Current forensic tools, however, can only look a static image of the device being examined, making it difficult for a forensic analyst to produce conclusive results regarding the integrity of any sensitive data on the device. This research thesis expands on the use of forensics to secure data by implementing an agent on a mobile device that can continually collect information regarding the state …

Contributors
Whitaker, Jeremy Andrew, Ahn, Gail-Joon, Doupé, Adam, et al.
Created Date
2015

A firewall is a necessary component for network security and just like any regular equipment it requires maintenance. To keep up with changing cyber security trends and threats, firewall rules are modified frequently. Over time such modifications increase the complexity, size and verbosity of firewall rules. As the rule set grows in size, adding and modifying rule becomes a tedious task. This discourages network administrators to review the work done by previous administrators before and after applying any changes. As a result the quality and efficiency of the firewall goes down. Modification and addition of rules without knowledge of previous …

Contributors
Khatkar, Pankaj Kumar, Huang, Dijiang, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2014

The rate at which new malicious software (Malware) is created is consistently increasing each year. These new malwares are designed to bypass the current anti-virus countermeasures employed to protect computer systems. Security Analysts must understand the nature and intent of the malware sample in order to protect computer systems from these attacks. The large number of new malware samples received daily by computer security companies require Security Analysts to quickly determine the type, threat, and countermeasure for newly identied samples. Our approach provides for a visualization tool to assist the Security Analyst in these tasks that allows the Analyst to …

Contributors
Holmes, James Edward, Ahn, Gail-Joon, Dasgupta, Partha, et al.
Created Date
2014

On Android, existing security procedures require apps to request permissions for access to sensitive resources. Only when the user approves the requested permissions will the app be installed. However, permissions are an incomplete security mechanism. In addition to a user's limited understanding of permissions, the mechanism does not account for the possibility that different permissions used together have the ability to be more dangerous than any single permission alone. Even if users did understand the nature of an app's requested permissions, this mechanism is still not enough to guarantee that a user's information is protected. Applications can potentially send or …

Contributors
Gibson, Aaron Scott, Bazzi, Rida, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2015