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This thesis proposed a novel approach to establish the trust model in a social network scenario based on users' emails. Email is one of the most important social connections nowadays. By analyzing email exchange activities among users, a social network trust model can be established to judge the trust rate between each two users. The whole trust checking process is divided into two steps: local checking and remote checking. Local checking directly contacts the email server to calculate the trust rate based on user's own email communication history. Remote checking is a distributed computing process to get help from user's social network friends and built the trust rate together. The email-based trust model is built upon a cloud computing framework called MobiCloud. Inside MobiCloud, each user occupies a virtual machine which can directly communicate with others. Based on this feature, the distributed trust model is implemented as a combination of local analysis and remote analysis in the cloud. Experiment results show that the trust evaluation model can give accurate trust rate even in a small scale social network which does not have lots of social connections. With this trust model, the security in both social network services and email communication could be improved.
Corporations invest considerable resources to create, preserve and analyze
their data; yet while organizations are interested in protecting against
unauthorized data transfer, there lacks a comprehensive metric to discriminate
what data are at risk of leaking.
This thesis motivates the need for a quantitative leakage risk metric, and
provides a risk assessment system, called Whispers, for computing it. Using
unsupervised machine learning techniques, Whispers uncovers themes in an
organization's document corpus, including previously unknown or unclassified
data. Then, by correlating the document with its authors, Whispers can
identify which data are easier to contain, and conversely which are at risk.
Using the Enron email database, Whispers constructs a social network segmented
by topic themes. This graph uncovers communication channels within the
organization. Using this social network, Whispers determines the risk of each
topic by measuring the rate at which simulated leaks are not detected. For the
Enron set, Whispers identified 18 separate topic themes between January 1999
and December 2000. The highest risk data emanated from the legal department
with a leakage risk as high as 60%.