Wanda: Securely Introducing Mobile Devices
Nearly every setting is increasingly populated with wireless and mobile devices – whether appliances in a home, medical devices in a health clinic, sensors in an industrial setting, or devices in an office or school. There are three fundamental operations when bringing a new device into any of these settings: (1) to configure the device to join the wireless local-area network, (2) to partner the device with other nearby devices so they can work together, and (3) to configure the device so it connects to the relevant individual or organizational account in the cloud. The challenge is to accomplish all three goals \emphsimply, securely, and consistent with user intent. We present a novel approach we call Wanda – a `magic wand' that accomplishes all three of the above goals – and evaluate a prototype implementation.