Project Overview


The overall objective of the Security Expert INITiative (SEINIT) project was to ensure a trusted and dependable information security framework, which is ubiquitous, working across multiple devices and diverse networks, being organisation independent (inter-operable) and centred around the end-user.

SEINIT explored new information security models and building the architecture and components to address our nomadic, pervasive, multi-player communicating world. This new solution uses information gathered by ambient intelligence and then deals with the new threats this entails.

The project started in December of 2003 and ended in March 2006

Project Achievements

More precisely, the calculation is a weighted sum of the numerical representation of these concepts performed during the security negotiation.

The TSSG has undertaken with its project partners a software and hardware security negotiation implementation that integrates these concepts into:

  • Environment considerations: linking intrinsic security level covering ambiance (home network, Internet, etc.) and communication type (Ethernet, Wifi, etc.),
  • Changes in the situation: with security alerts detected by an Intrustion Detection System,
  • Importance of data: and then the evaluation of the reachability of needed technological security infrastructure.

We call this Ambient Intelligence of the network infrastructure which is a kind of trust for the given communication environment (for instance a Security Domain). A change in the situation (due to an attack, etc.) of one communication link within the environment has an influence to the ambiance and then on the intrinsic security level of all communication links located within the same environment.

Referred Academic Papers:


L Ladid, J McGibney, J Ronan, M Ó Foghlú : Security and Privacy with IPv6; IEC Annual Review of Communications (Vol 58), Nov. 2005

Jimmy McGibney, Miguel Ponce de Leon, John Ronan: SEINIT Security for Heterogeneous Mobile Network Services, eChallenges 2005, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2005

Jimmy McGibney, Miguel Ponce de Leon, John Ronan: Securing Mobile Services, 1st Euro Conference on Mobile Government, Brighton, UK, July 2005

L Ladid, J McGibney, J Ronan, Security with IPv6, Upgrade – The European Journal for Informatics Professionals, Vol 6, Issue 2, pp 27-30, April 2005
- Also Spanish language version in: Novática, Issue 174, March-April 2005
- Upgrade is also published in an Italian language version


J McGibney, N Schmidt, A Patel : A service-centric model for intrusion detection in next-generation networks, Computer Standards & Interfaces (Elsevier), Vol 27, Issue 5, pp 513-520, June 2005


J Ronan, S Davy, J Rossebø : IPsec deployment performance issues in high & low power devices, Nordic Teletraffic Seminar –Fornebu, Norway, Aug. 2004

S Hearne, J McGibney : Addressing Fraud Detection & Management in Next-Generation Networks; SCI 2004 Conference – Orlando, Florida, July 2004

J. Ronan, S.Davy, P. Malone, M. Ó Foghlu : Performance Implications of IPsec Deployment; Interdomain Performance & Simulation 2004 -Budapest, Hungary


INET/IGC 2004, Barcelona, Spain, 10 May 2004

“Intrusion Detection Systems & Honeypots”

Jimmy McGibney


IST 2004, The Hague, Holland, 15-17 November 2004


SEINIT Training Workshop, Paris, France 27-28 April 2005

“Building trust in the networks through Intrusion Detection Systems and Honeypots”

Jimmy McGibney


TRUST and SECURITY in Pervasive Networking, Poznań, Poland, 9 June 2005.

“Trust and management in the networks”

Jimmy McGibney



In 2005 WIT started a new taught Mastered programme, in which one of the dissertation submissions is been very much influenced by the SEINIT project.

MSc Author: Tony Power. Supervisor Jimmy McGibney. Title: “An inter access point collaborative approach to intrusion detection”.







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