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Defensive Strategies for the Internet of Things Sensors Using Bluetooth Low Energy
by Hamby, Mark Francis, D.Sc., Capitol Technology University, 2020, 123; 28319970
Abstract (Summary)

With the exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the convenience of the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection protocol, there is a need to find defensive strategies to protect IoT BLE sensors. While literature exists for conducting qualitative studies for IoT, there is unfinished work in quantitative experiments with IoT BLE sensors. The purpose of this quantitative experiment was to determine if current NIST Bluetooth security controls and best practices would protect an IoT BLE sensor. The research question asked whether it was possible to mitigate the success of well-known Bluetooth attack vectors for IoT BLE. The common threats used Bluetooth administration tools such as BlueZ utilities, Gatttool, and HCI tools to complete the experiment. The experimental process consisted of a pre-test post-test method using a Repeated Measure – Analysis of Variance (RM-ANOVA). A comparison between pre-test without treatment and post-test with Bluetooth security controls applied as the treatment variable was conducted to determine if the results were statistically significant. Using the testing tools and experimental design, the researcher showed two threat categories out of seven had any level of protection against well-known vulnerabilities; however, the null hypothesis was rejected stating NIST controls would provide a level of protection against well-known attacks. The experimental work provides a methodology to evaluate a larger population of IoT BLE sensors and suggests a qualitative case study to evaluate new advancements in defensive strategies that may address findings in this study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McAndrews, Ian, Kulp, Philip
Commitee: Robinson, Nikki
School: Capitol Technology University
Department: Science (D.Sc.)
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-B 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Information Technology, Computer science
Keywords: Bluetooth Low Energy, Experimental design, Internet of Things, Nation Institute of Standards and Technology, Security controls
Publication Number: 28319970
ISBN: 9798582558811
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