A Privacy-Aware Remapping Mechanism for Location Data
In an era dominated by Location-Based Services (LBSs), the concern of preserving location privacy has emerged as a critical challenge. To address this, Location Privacy-Preserving Mechanisms (LPPMs) were proposed, in where an obfuscated version of the exact user location is reported instead. Adding to noise-based mechanisms, location discretization, the process of transforming continuous location data into discrete representations, is relevant for the efficient storage of data, simplifying the process of manipulating the information in a digital system and reducing the computational overhead. Apart from enabling a more efficient data storage and processing, location discretization can also be performed with privacy requirements, so as to ensure discretization while providing privacy benefits. In this work, we propose a Privacy-Aware Remapping mechanism that is able to improve the privacy level attained by Geo-Indistinguishability through a tailored pre-processing discretization step. The proposed remapping technique is capable of reducing the re-identification risk of locations under Geo-Indistinguishability, with limited impact on quality loss.
Towards Privacy-First Security Enablers for 6G Networks: The PRIVATEER Approach
The advent of 6G networks is anticipated to introduce a myriad of new technology enablers, including heterogeneous radio, RAN softwarization, multi-vendor deployments, and AI-driven network management, which is expected to broaden the existing threat landscape, demanding for more sophisticated security controls. At the same time, privacy forms a fundamental pillar in the EU development activities for 6G. This decentralized and globally connected environment necessitates robust privacy provisions that encompass all layers of the network stack. In this paper, we present PRIVATEER’s approach for enabling “privacy-first” security enablers for 6G networks. PRIVATEER aims to tackle four major privacy challenges associated with 6G security enablers, i.e., i) processing of infrastructure and network usage data, ii) security-aware orchestration, iii) infrastructure and service attestation and iv) cyber threat intelligence sharing. PRIVATEER addresses the above by introducing several innovations, including decentralised robust security analytics, privacy-aware techniques for network slicing and service orchestration and distributed infrastructure and service attestation mechanisms.
Adrias: Interference-Aware Memory Orchestration for Disaggregated Cloud Infrastructures
Workload co-location has become the de-facto approach for hosting applications in Cloud environments, leading, however, to interference and fragmentation in shared resources of the system. To this end, hardware disaggregation is introduced as a novel paradigm, that allows fine-grained tailoring of cloud resources to the characteristics of the deployed applications. Towards the realization of hardware disaggregated clouds, novel orchestration frameworks must provide additional knobs to manage the increased scheduling complexity. We present Adrias, a memory orchestration framework for disaggregated cloud systems. Adrias exploits information from low-level performance events and applies deep learning techniques to effectively predict the system state and performance of arriving workloads on memory disaggregated systems, thus, driving cognitive scheduling between local and remote memory allocation modes. We evaluate Adrias on a state-of-art disaggregated testbed and show that it achieves 0.99 and 0.942 R^2 score for system state and application’s performance prediction on average respectively. Moreover, Adrias manages to effectively utilize disaggregated memory, by offloading almost 1/3 of deployed applications with less than 15% performance overhead compared to a conventional local memory scheduling, while clearly outperforms naive scheduling approaches (random and round-robin), by providing up to x2 better performance.
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