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About Us


With significant increases each year, cyber attacks are already a recurrent and worrisome topic that is expected to become even worse with the growing phenomenon of IoT (Internet of Things) and the millions of new interconnected devices that will enter the world wide web. At LabSecIoT, we aim to study information security problems in these new digital infrastructures, particularly in the domain of Smart Cities, where most systems have been found lacking the necessary protection against cyberwarfare, and consequently devise, with the proper development and testing, possible solutions for said issues considering the usage of adequate security communication protocols, the implementation of efficient Access Control techniques and the integration of digital certification.

Current Challenges

  • Create a pedagogical framework to promote the innovation underlying the IoT concept development and, in particular, stimulate the security-by-design paradigm.
  • Develop conceptual and prototyping work for a "true smart city" based on an horizontal architecture and an all-inclusive philosophy underlined by high integration and high performance standards.
  • Create a virtual environment that is capable of integrating high numbers of small devices with different communication capabilities.
  • Design devices to work as sensors, being capable of acquiring information from the environment, such as humidity, temperature, light, etc...

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IoT Framework

These are the supporting features for our innovative development!


Security-by-Design

Adopting the best security-by-design practices to promote privacy and security, even with authentication enforced by certification, allows for a controlled level of trust.

Multi Protocols

Besides HTTP and MQTT (with or without certificates, tokens or passwords), a new lightweight and smart city oriented protocol is now available - the SCLP.

Data Orchestration

Related, useful and trustworthy information (generated by powerful algorithms) is provided, avoiding silos of information with an horizontal integrated solution.

Open API

A powerful, secure and real-time API delivers high-level relevant information (alongside its confidence ranking) as it is available (no pulling required).

Device Management

Real time device tracking and lifecycle maintenance is available by managing status, position, low-level data and other relevant information.

Dynamic Front End

A forward-thinking way to visualize information in real time built with cutting-edge libraries, to deliver the best user experience for decision-makers .

Current Projects


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edge4all

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Smart City Simulator

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Disposable IoTs

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SCLP Protocol

Team Advisors


Henrique Santos


Ana Paula Amorim


Team Developers


Ricardo Santos


Carlos Bravo


Catarina Marcelo


João Rebelo


Joel Barbosa


Luís Ferreira


Founding Members


Institutional Partners


Media Mentions & Relevant Articles


uminho.pt "Primeiro laboratório de segurança em smart cities para estudantes"
smart-cities.pt "Universidade do Minho inaugura LabSecIoT"
Correio do Minho "Laboratório de segurança em cidades inteligentes desafia câmaras municipais"
i9 Magazine "UMinho inaugura primeiro laboratório de segurança em smart cities para estudantes"
Computer World "IoT ecosystem needs to be investigated, say experts"
The Next Web "Top IoT messaging protocols are laughably insecure, Trend Micro research shows"
The Register "Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses"
Channel 9 (MSDN) "Five IoT Devices You Should Have Bought Yesterday"
Público "Sobre o desenvolvimento tecnológico". Opinião Engenharia para o Futuro, por Henrique Santos
HomeSec News Wire "Bolstering cyber-physical systems security"
IEEE Spectrum "The Internet of Disposable Articles"
Visual Capitalist "The Anatomy of a Smart City"
Network World "Six IoT Predictions for 2019"
Forbes "Network Effects: In 2019 IoT And 5G Will Push AI To The Very Edge"
TechCrunch "Security flaws let anyone snoop on Guardzilla smart camera video recordings"
Security Intelligence "New Variant of Mirai Malware Exploits Weak IoT Device Passwords to Conduct Brute-Force Attacks"