Term of Award

Summer 2018

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Computer Sciences

Committee Chair

Christopher Kadlec

Committee Member 1

Elizabeth Rasnick

Committee Member 2

Lei Chen


The idea behind Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) it that personal mobile devices can be used in the workplace to enhance convenience and flexibility. This development encourages organizations to allow access of personal mobile devices to business information and systems for businesses operation. However, BYOD opens a firm to various security risks such as data contamination and the exposure of user interest to criminal activities. Mobile devices were not designed to handle intense data security and advanced security features are frequently turned off. Using personal mobile devices can also expose a system to various forms of security threats like malware. This research aims to analyze mobile network traffic from suspicious mobile applications and investigate data accessible to malicious applications on mobile devices. The research is further intended to observe the behavior of malware on mobile devices. A network with a wireless communication over a centralized access control point was built. The control access point serves as the centralized location for data monitoring, capturing and analyzing of transmitted data from all the devices connected to it. The research demonstrates a procedure for data capturing for analysis from a data collection point which does not require access to each application and allows for the study of potential infections from the outside of the mobile device.

Research Data and Supplementary Material