Term of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Master of Science, Information Technology

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 Information Technology

Committee Chair

Lei Chen

Committee Member 1

Hayden Wimmer

Committee Member 2

Weitian Tong


We exist in a universe where everything is related to the internet or each other like smart TVs, smart telephones, smart thermostat, cars and more. Internet of Things has become one of the most talked about technologies across the world and its applications range from the control of home appliances in a smart home to the control of machines on the production floor of an industry that requires less human intervention in performing basic daily tasks. Internet of Things has rapidly developed without adequate attention given to the security and privacy goals involved in its design and implementation. This document contains three research projects all centered on how to improve user's data privacy and security in the Internet of Things. The first research provides a detailed analysis of the Internet of Things architecture, some security vulnerabilities, and countermeasures. We went on to discuss some solutions to these issues and presented some available Internet of Things simulators that could be used to test Internet of Things systems. In the second research, we explored privacy and security challenges faced by consumers of smart devices in this case we used an Amazon Echo Dot as our case study. During this research, we were able to compare two different digital forensic tools to see which performed better at extracting information from the device and if the device observes best practices for user data privacy. In the third research project, we used a tool called GATTacker to exploit security vulnerabilities of a Bluetooth Low Energy device and provide security awareness to users.

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