The Personal Distributed Environment, or PDE, represents a new concept of a computer network that takes a user-centric view of personal devices to create a purely virtual personal network. A PDE integrates all devices that are relevant to a user, regardless of their location, current role, or their specific capabilities. In this paper we present an overview of the PDE concept and describe how such an environment may be constructed. Since the userâ€™s devices may be located in several different security domains, our focus is on the secure initialisation of the PDE and to that end, we introduce a step-by-step procedure describing how userâ€™s devices will join the network in a secure manner.
|Unpublished - 1 Jul 2005