Authentication, Privacy and Ownership Transfer in Mobile RFID Systems

Tuesday, 18th June 2013, 11:00 am (PDCC Meeting Room)
Speaker: Professor Wanlei Zhou (Chair Professor of Information Technology and Head, School of Information Technology, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)
Title: Authentication, Privacy and Ownership Transfer in Mobile RFID Systems

RFID technologies have been widely used worldwide. However, the wide applications of RFID technologies also introduce serious security and privacy risks as the information stored in RFID tags can easily be retrieved by any malicious party with a compatible reader. In this talk we will introduce the security and privicy challenges in RFID technologies, and based on our research, we will outline a number of schemes for authentication and privacy in mobile RFID systems, and technologies for secure and scalable RFID ownership transfer. The talk will be based on our following papers:

1. Yanli Yu, Keqiu Li, Wanlei Zhou, and Ping Li, "Trust Mechanisms in Wireless Sensor Networks: Attack Analysis and Countermeasures", Journal of Networking and Computer Applications, Volume 35, Issue 3, May 2012, Pages 867-880.

2. R. Doss, W. Zhou, S. Sundaresan, S. Yu and L. Gao, "Minimum Disclosure Approach to Authentication and Privacy in RFID Systems", Computer Networks (Elsevier). Volume 56, Issue 15, 15 October 2012, Pages 3401–3416

3. R. Doss, S. Sundaresan and W. Zhou, "A Practical Quadratic Residues Based Scheme for Authentication and Privacy in Mobile RFID Systems", Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier). Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 383-396.

4. R. Doss, W. Zhou, and S. Yu, "Secure RFID Tag Ownership Transfer based on Quadratic Residues", IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, VOL. 8, NO. 2, FEBRUARY 2013, pp. 390-401


Professor Wanlei Zhou received the B.Eng (Computer Science and Engineering) and M.Eng (Computer Science and Engineering) degrees from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and the PhD degree from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, in 1991. He also received a DSc degree (a higher Doctorate degree) from Deakin University in 2002 for his “substantial contribution to knowledge and authoritative standing” in the field of distributed computing. He is currently the Chair Professor in Information Technology and Head of School, School of Information Technology, Deakin University. Before joining Deakin University, Professor Zhou served as a system programmer in HP at Massachusetts, USA; a lecturer in Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; and a lecturer in National University of Singapore, Singapore. His research interests include theory and practical issues of building distributed systems, security and reliability of computer networks, bioinformatics, and e-learning. Professor Zhou has published more than 200 papers in refereed international journals and refereed international conferences proceedings and has edited 5 books and authored 1 book. He has also chaired a number of international conferences. Prof Zhou is a Senior Member of the IEEE.