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The VIrtual Security PERimeter for digital, physical, and organisational security

Project Managers: Prof. dr. Pieter Hartel / Prof. dr. Roel Wieringa

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science - EEMCS

Tel.: +31 53 489 2411 / +31 53 489 4189

Email: pieter.hartel@utwente.nl / r.j.wieringa@utwente.nl



The security perimeter, which once was simply defined as the fence around the premises

of an organisation, is becoming increasingly flexible and adaptable to the environment and

the circumstances. We call this process re-perimeterisation (ReP). The effects of ReP are

felt in the digital domain (where data moves from organisation to organisation through

networks), the social domain (where one individual may play a variety of roles in cooperating

organisations) and the physical domain (where appliances such as mobile phones and laptops move around).

ReP brings about new security risks because of the difficulty of keeping the domains

aligned. For example, stealing a laptop (social domain) with a motion sensor triggers an

alarm (physical domain), which then selects a security policy that blocks access to all sensitive data (digital domain). By making the security perimeter explicit in business processes, security policies and security mechanisms, we intend to foster alignment of the three domains. This would then mitigate the risks of ReP.


Project duration: January 2007 until January 2011

Project budget: 502 k-€

Number of person/years: 3 fte

Project Coordinator: University of Twente

Participants: ATOS-Origin, B/CICT, BiZZ design, FOX-IT, Getronics PinkRoccade

Involved groups: Distributed and Embedded Systems (DIES), Information Systems (IS)