Researchers create a new system to protect users’ online data
Researchers have created a software-based system, called Mitigator, that helps Internet users ensure their online data is secure.
Researchers have created a software-based system, called Mitigator, that helps Internet users ensure their online data is secure.By Media Relations
Researchers have created a new a new system that helps Internet users ensure their online data is secure.
Mitigator can work on any computer, but the companies that own the website servers must have machines with a trusted execution environment (TEE). TEE, a secure area of modern server-class processors, guarantees the protection of code and data loaded in it with respect to confidentiality and integrity.
“The big difference between Mitigator and prior systems that had similar goals is that Mitigator’s primary focus is on the signal it gives to the user,” said Ian Goldberg, a professor in Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics. “The important thing is not just that the company knows their software is running correctly; we want the user to get this assurance that the company’s software is running correctly and is processing their data properly and not just leaving it lying around on disk to be stolen.
“Users of Mitigator will know whether their data is being properly protected, managed, and processed while the companies will benefit in that their customers are happier and more confident that nothing untoward is being done with their data.”
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