In the present era of ubiquitous digitization more and more services are becoming available online which is amplified by the Corona pandemic. The fast-growing mobile service market opens up new attack surfaces to the mobile service ecosystem. Hence, mobile service providers are faced with various challenges to protect their services and in particular the associated mobile apps. Defenses for apps are, however, often limited to (lightweight) application-level protection such as app hardening and monitoring and intrusion detection. Therefore, effective risk management is crucial to limit the exposure of mobile services to threats and potential damages caused by attacks.

In this paper, we present FedCRI, a solution for sharing Cyber-Risk Intelligence (CRI). At its core, FedCRI transforms mobile cyber-risks into machine learning (ML) models and leverages ML-based risk management to evaluate security risks on mobile devices. FedCRI enables fast and autonomous sharing of actionable ML-based CRI knowledge by utilizing Federated Learning (FL). FL allows collaborative training of effective risk detection models based on information contributed by different mobile service providers while preserving the privacy of the training data of the individual organizations. We extensively evaluate our approach on several real-world user databases representing 23.8 million users of security-critical mobile apps (since Android 4 and iOS 6) provided by nine different service providers in different European countries. The datasets were collected over the course of six years in the domains of financial services, payments, or insurances. Our approach can successfully extract accurate CRI models, allowing the effective identification of cybersecurity risks on mobile devices. Our evaluation shows that the federated risk detection model can achieve better than 99% accuracy in terms of F1-score in most risk classification tasks with a very low number of false positives.

View More Papers

Demo: A Simulator for Cooperative and Automated Driving Security

Mohammed Lamine Bouchouia (Telecom Paris - Institut Polytechnique de Paris), Jean-Philippe Monteuuis (Qualcomm), Houda Labiod (Telecom Paris - Institut Polytechnique...

Read More

ROV-MI: Large-Scale, Accurate and Efficient Measurement of ROV Deployment

Wenqi Chen (Tsinghua University), Zhiliang Wang (Tsinghua University), Dongqi Han (Tsinghua University), Chenxin Duan (Tsinghua University), Xia Yin (Tsinghua University),...

Read More

30 Years into Scientific Binary Decompilation: What We Have...

Dr. Ruoyu (Fish) Wang, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University

Read More